Hollywood will revisit old-school Nashville to bring back glory days of Hank Williams

(From syracusenewtimes.com)

(From syracusenewtimes.com)

Good news, country music fans.

The too-short glory of Hank Williams will be given some justice do by Hollywood.

“I Saw the Light” is being shot in Louisiana, and stars have been signed for the three major roles. Hank, if you need a reintroduction, died at the age of 29 in 1953 after showing what he had with hit songs that included “I Saw the Light,” for which the docu-drama-with-music is named.

Playing Hank will be Tom Hiddleston.

To read this week’s installment of my Film News blog over at the pretty Syracuse New Times site, click the link below. You’ll also find links there to empireonline, a UK site where I found word about this among other movie news.


Also on my blog over yonder is a report about the next film for Chadwick Boseman, who’s taking a break from playing heros like Jackie Robinson, James Brown (and the upcoming Marvel superhero Black Panther) for a different type of action figure.

Do you appreciate old-time country music from the days of Hank Williams, and how do you think it differs from what you hear today? Do you like biographies of entertainers who died young, and what might you have you learned from such movies? Would you be excited to see Chadwick Boseman play a man set for revenge instead of a hero, and what do you like about Boseman’s way?

Fish of Gold

44 thoughts on “Hollywood will revisit old-school Nashville to bring back glory days of Hank Williams

  1. The “country music” I can stand to listen to is more like Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson. And those are limited. ๐Ÿ™‚ But, yes, I do like biographical movies about people. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Hey Mark! I’m surprised that Hollywood hasn’t done hank yet. I like some of his stuff but i was born 5 uears afer his death. By the time I got into my teen music years he was gone 20 years, so I never built much of tast for his music. He was classic character though, although I understand sad. I hope Hollywood does a good job.

    Oh, in an unrelated matter, I did a couole fo guest blogs yesterday – one over at Cordelia’s Mom ( http://cordeliasmomstill.com/2014/11/06/serendipity-guest-post-by-paul-curran/ ) and one at Mindful Dirgressions ( http://mindfuldigressions.com/2014/11/06/of-breasts-and-bananas/comment-page-1/#comment-20318 ) If you get a chance to read that would be great.


    • Yes, Paul, I will get a chance today. Yesterday I had a trip for lab work to ready for next regular diabetes checkup and then extended stay to at last purchase new iPhones for my dear wife Karen’s (belated) anniversary gift and then my bowling league. In short, no blog reading for me at all, so today, wicked catch up. ๐Ÿ™‚

      You and are are of the same vintage. I know Hank Sr.’s music from hunting it down myself and/or listening to people covering it, of course. I think Hollywood of our era had to give him his due, at last. I’m intertested.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  3. When i was growing up, it wasn’t old time country music, it was just country music. I grew up on the greats. There is still plenty of country music being made, but you may not hear much of it on country radio. At least not know, it will hopefully get more evened out.


  4. I am entirely sick of Hollywood churning out bio pics. That said, I’m a big fan of Hank I and Hank III (Hank II, not so much), so I’ll probably get sucked into watching this as some point.


    • Best thing about the way Hollywood has shaken out in our lifetime, Fishy. You miss the first-run, you get the cheaper big screen (if you’re lucky enough to live in a city that has these hanging-in five-buck theaters, that is). You miss that, Red Box or pay-per TV. HBO/Showtime. Netflix. Repeats on lesser TV outlets. You almost have to shun a movie on purpose to not see it these days. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. I would like to see it. We listen to Old Hank sometimes, especially Kaw-Liga. I will enjoy it if they ACCURATELY portray the era. I despise it when they don’t the details right. The mom in “A Christmas Story” has a frizzy perm, which no one had in the 1940s, and stuff like that destroys the movie for me. His grandson Hank III sounds just like him, but he’s a crass vulgar thing. I am fascinated by Buddy Holly and how much he achieved in his young life. Same for Hank and his demons. It will be good for all the country music fans (the thousand who watched the CMAs last night on ABC) to see the roots of their music, before it was all about shaking that moneymaker on a tailgate.


  6. I am not really familiar with Chadwick Boseman, other than the report about Black Panther I read last week. I guess I need to look in to him.

    I find all biographies fascinating, regardless of if they are still alive or not, but I prefer to read rather than watch most of them. For example, I loved “Coal Miner’s Daughter” but did not like “Walk the Line”


  7. I would rather read a biography than watch a film version – I think I’m getting shallow when it comes to films and I just want to be entertained and leave the cinema happy.


  8. Not a fan of old-school country outside of Johnny Cash, who may or may not qualify. Funny how music either hits you or it doesn’t. I love bluegrass, so wouldn’t it follow that I enjoy Hank Williams and the lot? But I don’t. Can you make any sense of this Mark?

    Curious about you: As a music lover, are there types of music you do not like?

    Had to google your friend Chadwick Boseman and Black Panther looks like a good ride. But your link above only took me back here. ??


    • Oops. I messed up the link. Good catch, Liz. I posted this in a doc’s waiting room … Will fix it momentarily.

      I like many — most, really — types of music. Hardcore rap the least. My horizons grew and tastes broadened when I covered music for the big daily as I was exposed to more genres.


  9. Although I wasn’t around in Hank Williams’ day, I listened to his son often. Old time country was the best, still love it. It’s rather difficult to find a good country song these days. They’re just not the same anymore.


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