Neil Peart’s Ghost Rider Headed To Film

Scabeba Entertainment has acquired the film and television rights to Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart’s biographical journal “Ghost Rider.” Specifics of the project have not been announced. Scabeba is overseen by Cathy Rich, the daughter of legendary jazz drummer Buddy Rich. She and Peart became friends after the drummer appeared at a 1992 concert in her father’s memory and on a subsequent series of tribute albums.

Published in 2002 by ECW Press, “Ghost Rider” originated from the journals Peart kept as he grieved for the deaths of 19-year-old daughter Selena and his wife Jackie. To deal with the loss, he embarked on a 55,000-mile motorcycle journey throughout North America that ultimately took him from Quebec to Belize and back. A track of the same name later appeared on Rush’s 2002 album “Vapor Trails”

As previously reported, Rush is in the midst of its 30th anniversary tour, which descends on Irvine, Calif., tomorrow (July 14). The group just issued an EP of classic rock covers, “Feedback,” which debuted at No. 19 on The Billboard 200.

As for Peart, he recently issued a new book, “Traveling Music: The Soundtrack to My Life and Times,” initially inspired by a trip to Texas’ Big Bend National Park in his BMW Z-8 sports car.


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