The brilliant country singer-songwriter Lefty Frizzell is getting a documentary and a feature-length movie. Extrovert Entertainment struck an agreement with Frizzell’s family to create films about the late musician. Deadline confirmed the news.
Nearly 46 years ago, on July 19, 1975, he died at the age of 47. He is known for songs like I Love You A Thousand Ways, Saginaw, Michigan, and Long Black Veil (which Johnny Cash covers).
The founder of Extrovert Entertainment, M. Douglas Silverstein, is set to direct and produce the Frizzell documentary.
“Lefty is often referred to as the original Elvis, from the way he moved on stage, his legendary stage clothes, and how his good looks and voice made women swoon but beyond his talent is a fascinating story worthy of both a documentary and biopic,” said Silverstein to Deadline. “I’m thrilled to be working directly with the Frizzells to show the world the full legacy of Lefty Frizzell from the man, the many myths, and the wonderful music he created!”
“We are so excited and honored to be working as a family to make these films happen,” said Lefty’s son Marlon. “Lefty was one of the most influential singers you’ve never really heard of unless you were a hardcore country music fan. However, his music reached so many and influenced so many outside of the country genre, including Elvis and Roy Orbison.”
Silverstein told Deadline that archive research for the projects has been in the works for some time and that licensing of the footage is still ongoing.