Thursday, March 25, 2010

Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" May Live On As A Movie

Reportedly, Warren Zide who was involved in production for both the AMERICAN PIE and FINAL DESTINATION films has struck a deal with the widow of Jim Croce, Ingrid Croce, to produce a live action comedy based off the famous hit song, "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown".

Zide hopes to create a whole new franchise of films based off the character from the song, Leroy Brown, Who is "the baddest man in the whole damn town".

Writers are currently working on the project in which Jim Croce's widow is excited about.

Jim Croce was only 30 years old when he was killed in a plane crash after a concert in Louisiana, when either human error or else a heart condition caused the pilot to miss a pecan tree at the end of the runway, killing everyone onboard. After Croce's death, his last album I GOT A NAME, which was recorded only eight days before his death was released. Croce had two #1 hits in his career, including "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", which sounded like it was recorded in a music in the round-type atmosphere. It was a fun recording.

Croce actually had created music since 1960, when he graduated from high school. However 1966's FACETs and a 1969 album with his wife Ingrid gained little traction. But when he signed a deal with ABC Records in 1972 to produce three albums, his career finally took off. His first ABC single, "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" which peaked at #8 on the charts was another fun song somewhat like "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", which became his biggest seller by far. The album sold two million copies. Jim Croce was a hot star with a bright future. But then the accident robbed him of what would likely have been superstardom.