Hollywood’s history is as rich as it is long, bolstered by countless talented entertainers who have helped shape the entertainment industry as we know it today. As a result, those entertainers have become an integral part of pop culture as fans all over the world watch their films and listen to their music. We as a society have come to revere these individuals as superstars and put them on a pedestal upon which they can continue to be revered for years to come, producing innumerable television series and films which serve to preserve their legacies and inform future generations of the impact they made. Now HBO is looking to honor the legacy of one of the industry’s most esteemed performers in Little Richard: I Am Everything.
Little Richard made a name for himself as early as 1947 when, at the age of fourteen, he would serve as the opening act at a Rosetta Tharpe show. From there he only watched his success grow, going on to become a household name by the end of the 1950’s. His incredible voice and remarkable piano skills are still lauded by many to this very day, which is exactly why HBO is electing to produce Little Richard: I Am Everything. They will be producing the documentary alongside CNN Films and have enlisted the help of Lisa Cortés to direct the project, best known for her role as a producer on films such as 2009’s Precious. When asked about the opportunity to direct the project, Cortés stated “I am delighted to give Little Richard the royal treatment he so deserves. This magnificent rock ‘n roll icon changed the world for all of us – black and white, straight and gay, everyday people and stars.” It should be interesting to see how Cortés and HBO honor the esteemed musicians legacy as more details regarding Little Richard: I Am Everything emerge in the coming weeks.
Little Richard is widely revered as one of the greatest musicians of all time, making HBO’s interest in the project of virtually no surprise. Richard will now join a long list of individuals who have had their legacy’s honored by the creative minds in Hollywood as we relive what some may consider the golden days of the entertainment industry. We will just have to wait and see exactly how HBO intends to do that when Little Richard: I Am Everything eventually debuts in the near future.