London-based indie Cardinal Releasing is slated to produce an all-access feature documentary on seminal rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry.
Directed and produced by Jon Brewer, Chuck! The Documentary (w/t) will provide an exclusive and in-depth look at the influential musician who refined rhythm and blues into the subsequent sound of rock music. The film is said to reveal the “truth about the life and loves, highs and lows” of Berry.
Principal photography on the project has begun.
Berry hit the Top 10 in 1955 with “Maybellene” and went on to influence generations of musicians. Among his most notable hits were “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958).
The feature documentary is made in collaboration with the musician’s widow, Thelmetta Berry, and the estate of Chuck Berry.
Berry passed away at age 90 on March 18, 2017, in his St. Charles County, Missouri home as a result of cardiac arrest.
His last album Chuck, released that year, was his first studio album in 38 years and incorporated three generations of the Berry family in its recording.
“I am very privileged to be able to produce and direct this fully authorized and official story of the legendary Chuck Berry,” said Brewer, in a statement.