After years of back and forth, the country legend Charley Pride focused film, hesitantly called “Charley Pride Story,” is reportedly moving forward.
The film has been rumored since 2006. According to Saving Country Music, the film was possibly delayed due to disagreements between producers and Charley Pride’s family.
When Pride passed away on December 12, it caused a catalyst in making sure that the movie went back into production. Dennis Quaid has been behind the film the entire time. On the day Pride passed away, he was making his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
Quaid is in a band called Dennis Quaid and the Sharks. One of their songs is called “On My Way to Heaven,” which they dedicated to the late singer that night after discussing the film.
“I’m so glad to hear everybody talking about Charley Pride tonight … I actually made a friend of Charley Pride back last January, and we agreed and, we’re doing the movie of Charley Pride that I’m gonna help produce. We start filming in the fall, have the script written, so his story will not go unsung for generations to come, that’s for sure,” Quaid said.
Finally Starting Charley Pride Film
So, what caused such a delay in creating the film to center around Pride?
The film was originally announced in 2006 with Terrance Howard as the country artist. Then in 2011, it was again announced, but this time Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had the role.
However, the tipping point came with adding scriptwriter Dianne Houston. She worked with Pride and his wife for years. Her experience and direct involvement in Pride’s life helped break the barrier between producers and family.
Houston has a wide expanse of different titles under her belt. She created the Harlem Renaissance short story “Tuesday Morning Ride” into an Academy Award-nominated film. Houston wrote and directed the film.
She wrote the script for “Surviving Compton,” which got her nominated for the 2017 Writer’s Guild Award. Houston also wrote the script for “Take the Lead” with Antonio Banderas and Alfre Woodward.
With Dennis Quaid and Dianne Houston on the film, Charley Pride’s legacy will finally be told for years to come.