It has been announced that a full-length feature film, documenting the incredible life of blues guitar legend B.B. King is now in production. ‘B.B. King: The Life Of Riley,’ will hit theaters in May next year.
Director of the film, Jon Brewer, has worked closely with the man himself, and says that it has been both a challenge and an honor to direct the film. “B.B. is still giving everything to it, and he has a big history…It was an absolute privilege to be asked to make this film – it’s B.B. King’s life!”
In the interview with Guitarist magazine, Brewer commented on the early years of King’s life. “One aspect tops all others. There’s this little boy who loved going to school, didn’t so much love going to church, but so respected his mother and did what his mother told him. And suddenly she was fading; he saw his mother die, that then led to how he relied upon his grandmother and worked the land, who was also fading in years, so they could eat. And then she died – as a nine or 10-year old; his life had been crushed.
“He managed to become a sharecropper, which is somebody who earns $2.50 a month to pay for his rent and his food. I have seen the ledgers that still exist where he cleared his debt and his grandmother’s debt, before his father came to collect him. That man survived and became The King of the Blues. To do what he has done is remarkable.”
In the December issue of Guitarist, King also reminisces about his early days, his “Lucille” Gibson guitars (named after a nightclub fight over a woman), his work with U2 and much more. The magazine is available in Europe now: it hits U.S. stores near Christmas.