EXCLUSIVE: Virgil Films has acquired U.S. digital/VOD rights to Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, a feature-length documentary tracking the country icon and Alzheimer sufferer’s final “Goodbye Tour.” Directed by actor and filmmaker James Keach (Walk The Line), I’ll Be Me gathers a star-studded lineup of country greats and celebrities from Bruce Springsteen, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Steve Martin, and Chad Smith to former President Bill Clinton in appreciation of Campbell, who crooned hits like “Gentle On My Mind,” “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
The film will have a limited theatrical run in key markets nationwide late this year before hitting VOD, digital, and DVD in early 2015. Produced by Keach and Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), the docu should find a wide audience among Campbell fans, who helped propel Campbell’s “Goodbye Tour” from an original five-week run to 151 sold-out shows in a year-and-a-half-long barnstormer. The singer, guitarist, TV host, and actor’s showbiz career spanned 70 albums, 45 million records sold, multiple Grammy Awards, Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards. He even earned a Golden Globe nomination for his turn opposite John Wayne in 1969’s True Grit and sung its Oscar- and Golden Globes-nominated theme song.
The farewell came together fast for Campbell, who revealed in June 2011 that he’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s six months prior. Within a few months, he hit the road with a backing band that included three of his children. He now lives in a residential care facility. “We are honored to bring this portrait of Glen Campbell to American audiences. This great entertainer and his indelible music have been a part of so many lives for decades, we look forward to reminding everyone of what’s so special about him,” said Virgil Films CEO and President Joe Amodei. The film will open in limited theatrical release in NYC on October 24. Amodei negotiated the deal with Lisa A. Callif of Donaldson + Callif, LLP.
Here’s Campbell singing new single “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” written with Julian Raymond for the docu in his final recording session: