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Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash Biopic Starts Production

The cameras are rolling on "Street Survivors: The True Story Of The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash."

A biopic based on former drummer Artimus Pyle's story about the October 20, 1977 plane crash in Mississippi that killed three band members and ended the group for a decade. Frontman Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, backup singer Cassie Gaines died in the crash, along with tour manager Dean Kilpatrick and the two pilots. According to

According to Variety, the film will reveal that Aerosmith was slated to fly the same plane, a Convair CV-300, but ultimately decided not to lease it.

"Street Survivors" is not authorized by Skynyrd itself; Guitarist Gary Rossington, in fact, tells us the band is working on its own movie, albeit in its early stages:

"We're in the middle of trying to get a movie out about Skynyrd, the early days, and it's gonna be really hard, unless they get it right, to be happy with it 'cause you're so close to it personally...We've had only one meeting with the guys out in L.A. and we're talking and negotiating, just seeing if we can legally do it all. But they're real interested, and we are. We're just still in the talking stage, though."

Skynyrd has weekend shows on Saturday (April 29) in Kentucky and Sunday (April 30) at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, Md., and currently, has a light summer tour schedule.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.