New production about legendary New York club is on the way

A new film about the legendary CBGB New York venue and its owner is set to be made later this year.

The film, which has a working title of simply CBGB, will focus on the rock club’s 1974-1976 period when acts including Ramones, Talking Heads, Patti Smith and Television played there. It will be directed by Jody Savin (The Drummer, Bottle Shock), reports Billboard.

The club was owned by the late Hilly Kristal, with his daughter Lisa working as a producer on the new film. Shooting is set to begin this autumn while some of the artists who played the club in the period the film will be set have already been interviewed for the research process.

“It [the club] was an old-fashioned salon in an awful part of New York where people could fail while they worked to find their voice,” Savin said. “He [Hilly Kristal] provided a voice to the disenfranchised. It’s a heroic and flawed story.”

CBGB closed in 2006.