'True Story' of LYNYRD SKYNYRD Plane Crash Coming To Film.

Adapted from Drummer Artimus Pyle's Story of the Tragedy.

April 24, 2017

Dario Lo Presti | Dreamstime.com

In a story that could be best described as "a heartbreaking loss of potential," there's a new film in production that chronicles the 1977 plane crash that claimed the lives of 3 members of LYNYRD SKYNYRD. "Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash," is based on the account of Skynyrd's ARTIMUS PYLE, who first announced the project last summer. While the film will base much of it's story on the tragic plane crash that killed singer Ronnie Van Zant, Guitarist Steve Gaines, and his sister, Singer Cassie Gaines, (plus an assistant road manager and the pilot & co-pilot), it will also dramatize the early part of Skynyrd's career, and follow the Southern Rock band's rise to fame in a tale that, according to Mr. Pyle, will be “a very passionate, intimate story about the music and the band and a rise and fall that happened so suddenly.”  Pyle, reiterating his regrets of how Skynyrd's career was cut short so abruptly, said, “When that plane crashed, we were at the top of the world man. “We could play with any band — any band, whether it was the Rolling Stones, anyone, and we would hold our own or better. I think of that accident every day and what we might have accomplished if we’d have 10 more years,” said Pyle. “I want the movie to portray my band members the way they were: real, funny people who loved the music, loved the success that allowed us to be able to travel the world and play for kings and queens all over this planet.”  Pyle, and guitarist GARY ROSSINGTON are the only 2 remaining original Skynyrd band members (and crash survivors), but the 2 musicians have little interaction these days due to legal battles over the years between heirs and management. No release date has been set yet for the movie. Rock On!