Kristal, Rickman

Shuttered club CBGB is back in the zeitgeist this year! In January we broke the news that the current owners would be reopening the venue, then in March it was announced that they'd be having a festival this summer, and now the club is under Hollywood's shining spotlight, with the biopic on the venue finally moving forward.

The latest news on the film (which we first heard about one year ago) is that Alan Rickman (née Professor Snape) will be playing Hilly Kristal, the club's longtime owner who died in 2007, just after the club shut its doors.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will be directed by Randall Miller from a script he wrote with Jody Savin, and filming will begin next month. Somewhere, a set designer is recreating the venue's bathrooms...