Chuck Berry Documentary and Biopic in the Works

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Two different authorized films spotlighting Chuck Berry, who died last March 18 at age 90, have been approved by the rock ’n’ roll pioneer’s widow, Thelmetta. According to an announcement from the U.K. film company Cardinal Releasing Ltd., one film will be a documentary and the other a dramatized “biopic” on the singer-songwriter-guitarist’s life.

Chuck! The Documentary, as the first film is tentatively titled, will be directed and produced by Jon Brewer, whose previous documentary subjects include Nat King Cole, B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix.

“I am very privileged to be able to produce and direct this fully authorized and official story of the legendary Chuck Berry,” Brewer said in a statement.

The biopic will follow the documentary to screens, but no further information has been made available as of now. According to the announcement, the dramatized account will go into pre-production this summer after the documentary is finished.

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Berry, one of the initial inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was the subject of one previous film, 1987’s Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll. That film documented the planning of a pair of 60th birthday concerts in Berry’s hometown of St. Louis, and featured appearances by Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Julian Lennon, Etta James, Robert Cray and Berry’s longtime pianist Johnnie Johnson.

Berry was also portrayed (by rapper Mos Def) in the film Cadillac Records, the story of Chicago’s Chess Records, for which Berry recorded all of his major hits.

Related: Listen to the greatest Chuck Berry cover versions

Berry’s final album simply titled Chuck, his first collection of new material in nearly four decades, was released last year, shortly after his passing. Just last month, Geffen/UMe announced that it will pay tribute to Berry with The Great Twenty-Eight: Super Deluxe Edition, a new, expanded vinyl version of his landmark greatest hits compilation, The Great Twenty-Eight.

Watch Chuck Berry and Keith Richards perform “Nadine” in 1987’s Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll

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