New Buddy Holly Biopic Gets 'Driving Miss Daisy' Director

The upcoming true-story movie 'Clear Lake' about the 1950s rock and roll icon has secured Oscar-winning filmmaker Bruce Beresford to sit behind the lens.

AceShowbiz - Filmmaker Bruce Beresford will direct new Buddy Holly biopic, "Clear Lake".

The director, who picked up four Academy Awards for his 1989 historical drama "Driving Miss Daisy", has been drawn out of a three-year hiatus to lead the project about the 1950s rock and roll legend.

"I found myself attracted to Clear Lake because the script tells the tragic story of Buddy Holly and his era in fascinating detail and with vivid characterizations," Bruce tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "Needless to say, the added plus of all the wonderful music was also a major lure."

"Clear Lake" will chart Buddy's life from the time he was a teenager up until the tragic plane crash that killed him at the tender age of 22 in Clear Lake, Iowa on February 3, 1959. The film will also focus on Holly's groundbreaking 1958 Biggest Show of Stars trek with Clarence Collins, one of the first truly racially integrated tours in American history, as well as his marriage to Maria Elena Holly, who serves as associate producer on the project.

Stuart Benjamin, a producer of music biopics "Ray" and "La Bamba", about Ray Charles and Ritchie Valens, respectively, has also boarded the film, which is being created in tandem with Buddy Holly estate bosses from a script by Patrick Shanahan.

"Clear Lake" has a tentative autumn 2020 production start date pending approval of new filming safety measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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