Music News

Upcoming film about Buddy Holly lands director Mario Van Peebles

todayApril 3, 2024


Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A new film about Buddy Holly is in the works, and it’s now snagged a director.

Variety reports that Mario Van Peebles is set to direct That’ll Be the Day, which will focus on Holly and his fellow musicians of the 1950s, detailing how their music influenced society and culture.

“America’s tumultuous cultural melting pot has produced transcendent musical talent, including Buddy Holly, who was our first bad a** rock ’n’ roll nerd,” Van Peebles, who previously directed New Jack City and the recently released Outlaw Posse, shares about the project. 

The film’s screenplay was written by Patrick Shanahan and Matthew Benjamin. Benjamin produced the 1987 biopic La Bamba, about singer Richie Valens, who died alongside Holly and J.P. Richardson, aka The Big Bopper, in the 1959 plane crash.

That’ll Be the Day appears to have backing by the Buddy Holly estate. BMG, the company that manages the estate and controls the rights to the singer’s music catalog, is providing early funding for the film.

Copyright © 2024, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Written by:

Similar posts

Music News

R.E.M. talks 2011 breakup in first interview together in almost 30 years

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicThe four members of R.E.M. – Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck and Bill Berry - opened up about their decision to call it quits in 2011 during their first interview together in nearly 30 years, which aired Thursday on CBS Mornings.“I think the main reason was at that point, […]

todayJune 13, 2024



WMEX Boston can be heard at 1510 AM, and 101.1 FM. Playing the greatest hits from 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and more!