Ok, so. Here we are. The first trailer for the Randall Miller helmed film “CBGB”.
The film is based on the club CBGB in the Bowery and is infamous for its filthy, disgusting bathroom – oh, and also as the place where the Ramones, Talking Heads, The Dead Boys, Blondie, Patti Smith, Television, Joan Jett, and a slew of others got their starts. Opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal (whom Mr. Rickman portrays here) the club would remain open and popular for another 33 years, until finally closing in October of 2006. Hilly would pass the following year due to complications with lung cancer at age 75.
Since then it has been purchased by high-end mens fashion designer John Varvatos.
Now it is a designer shoe store.
Fate, it would seem, is not without a sense of irony.
As for the film itself, well, it was filmed in Savannah, Georgia, not NYC. Which is fine, but damn. With all the films that are made every day in New York City, I feel like this one most certainly should have been. Also Rupert Grint (yes, Ron Weasley from Harry Potter) plays Cheetah Chrome, the guitarist of The Dead Boys. Malin Ackerman, most well known for her role as The Silk Spectre in Zach Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation, will be playing Debbie Harry.
I’m going to reserve my judgement until seeing the final film but I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a few comments about this trailer. It’s not super promising. Silly and unnecessary FX abound – the like of which I hope will not be in the final film. Now, plenty of amazingly excellent films have had crap trailers (go look up the first teaser for Star Wars and you’ll see what I’m talking about. What, you want a link? Fine, you lazy so-and-so, here). A few things the movie does have working in its favor: Alan Fucking Rickman and the director of Bottle Shock. And that 1995 movie Houseguest with Sinbad and Phil Hartman.
The featured image was done by Danny Hellman – check out his work here!
So what do you guys think? Yay? Nay? Comment below and let me know!