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Chuck Berry's Life and Legacy Subject of Upcoming Documentary and Biopic

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Chuck Berry photographed in 1965.

Known for crafting iconic hits such as “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” legendary musician Chuck Berry’s life and legacy are set to live on after his passing in March of 2017 through the filming of a documentary and biopic that are being produced in cooperation with his estate and widow Themetta Berry. 

Cardinal Releasing Ltd, which has previously produced films on music legends including Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King and Nat King Cole, has already begun work on the documentary titled Chuck! The Documentary and is set to follow up work on the biopic with pre-production beginning in the summer once work on the documentary has wrapped, according to Deadline.

In a statement, director Jon Brewer said: "I am very privileged to be able to produce and direct this fully authorized and official story of the legendary Chuck Berry.” 

Berry, one of the progenitors of rock and roll and one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had a complicated personal life off stage that included a four month jail sentence for tax evasion and a 1959 arrest for violations of the Mann Act for bringing a 14-year-old girl across state lines for alleged “immoral purposes.”