After surprising lots of folks (including me) with last year's break-out hip hop hit Hustle and Flow, director Craig Brewer and Flow's Oscar nominated star Terrence Howard have decided to pair up once again, this time eying country music as their platform. The duo will get busy for Paramount on a biopic of singer Charley Pride.
The studio recently picked up the life rights for Pride, as well his wife Rozene, with plans to go all Walk the Line on this bad boy. That's right, like Joaquin Phoenix, Howard will perform all of the songs featured himself. (In a rare move, the Academy has gone ahead and nominated him for an Oscar even though production won't begin for at least a year.) At an early age, Pride dabbled in professional baseball before moving to Nashville and falling in love with music. Between 1966 and 1984, 51 of his 54 singles landed in the country top 10. Says Brewer, "When Jackie Robinson broke the barrier, there was a flood of talent that came after him, but Charley was alone." The director will first take on another country-themed flick (Maggie Lynn) before he begins work on the Pride biopic.