The authorized Buddy Holly biopic Clear Lake, which was first announced in 2018, will officially be directed by Driving Miss Daisy director Bruce Beresford.
Holly's widow, María Elena Holly, helped develop the film that will focus on Holly's 7-year career before he tragically passed in 1959 in a plane crash.
In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer Rick French emphasized the importance of showcasing Holly's 1958 Biggest Show of Stars tour with Clarence Collins in the film. “The undertone of the story is how black, Hispanic and white artists came together on the first truly integrated music tour to begin to break down color barriers.”
The film, which was originally planned to be released in 2019, the 60th anniversary of “the Day the Music Died,” is now slated to go into production in fall 2020. Virtual casting for the film has already begun.
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Article image: Buddy Holly pictured on a postage stamp. (SK49 [Available through Pubic Domain] via Wikimedia Commons.)