Nicknamed “King of the Blues”, Riley B. King, known as BB King, released over 50 albums in his career beginning in the 1940s. Known for the classics “3 O’Clock Blues” and “The Thrill Is Gone “and for collaborations with big names in blues, rock and pop music, BB King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He won 15 Grammy Awards and the Recording Award. Academy’s Lifetime Achievement, in 1987. The musician died on May 14, 2015, at the age of 89.
The film that will be made by The Estate of BB King is different from the project “The Thrill Is On”, which has as its subject the musician’s friendship with drummer Michael Zanetis, who will be producer and co-writer.
In October, Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”, “Selma”) announced that she would play the role of BB King in this film, so a confusion was created. “The Thrill Is On” is not a biographical film in the traditional sense. It is a dramatized version of a story of real friendship in the spirit of the movie “Round Midnight”, the actor later explained.
Pierce and Zanetis said that King gave them permission to make this film before he died.
The Estate of BB King recently clarified: these are two separate projects – “The Thrill Is On”, which is not associated with the company, and the biography of King’s life, which is produced by it. Vassal Benford, president, said that The Estate of BB King does not reject “The Thrill Is On”, even if it is not involved in the project.
Currently, the actor is wanted to play the main role, and an important director will be at the helm of the project, the company also said.