Friday, July 2, 2010

Bill Monroe’s Life May Reach Big Screen

Bill Monroe, widely regarded as the father of bluegrass, may soon get the same sort of movie treatment that’s been given to Johnny Cash and Ray Charles.
Actor Peter Sarsgaard, known for his work in “Jarhead” and the new “Knight And Day,” is in the early stages of development in a film about the late mandolin player, according to The Wrap. Peter is apparently a big fan of Bill, who played a central role in creating and shaping the acoustic genre named after his band, the Blue Grass Boys.
Callie Khouri, who won an Oscar for writing “Thelma And Louise,” is currently rewriting the original script for the project, described as a “low-budget, ‘Walk The Line’-type project.” It’s a creative match that seems particularly appropriate. Callie’s husband is T Bone Burnett, the musical director for both “Walk The Line” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” which relied heavily on bluegrass and roots music to tell its story.

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