CBGB closed its doors seven years ago, but Hollywood is looking to keep it alive forever–at least in film.
Today XLrator Media announced that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the film CBGB, a rock ‘n roll true story of the legendary New York City club that launched dozens of top bands and is known globally as the home of American Punk Rock music. The film will be released theatrically to coincide with the CBGB Music Festival, which takes New York City by storm October 9-13, 2013 with over 500 bands performing on 175 stages across the city including Times Square and Brooklyn’s Barkley Center.
CBGB tells the tale of the famed punk venue and its iconoclastic founder Hilly Kristal, portrayed by Alan Rickman (Harry Potter series) and directed by Randall Miller (Bottle Shock). The film also stars Malin Akerman (The Numbers Station), Ashley Greene (Twilight franchise), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter franchise), Justin Bartha (The Hangover franchise), Joel David Moore (Avatar), Freddy Rodriguez (Six Feet Under), Stana Katic (Castle) and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. With 16 on-camera musical performances, the film features more than 60 classic songs by Talking Heads, Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, the Police, the Dead Boys and more.