Oscar-nominated The Messenger director/co-writer Oren Moverman will co-write and direct a biopic of singer/songwriter Kurt Cobain.
Screenwriter David Benioff (25th Hour, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) first took on the project in 2007 and did first-hand research with Cobain’s old friends. Moverman will rework the script.
The movie about the life, music and 1994 suicide of the Nirvana star will be based on Charles R Cross‘ 2001 biography, Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography Of Kurt Cobain.
Cobain was the tortured genius behind Nirvana who committed suicide by shotgun in April of 1994, several months after the release of their album In Utero. He left behind a widow, Hole’s Courtney Love and a daughter. His bandmates, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, founded the Foo Fighters.
Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan and Graham Larson are producing. Courtney Love will executive produce, which hopefully won’t result in a self-serving hagiography about Love’s desperate attempts to save her late husband from himself and his demons.
Love recently said she wanted The Thick Of It’s Armando Iannucci to direct the film.
She told Clash magazine:
Who’s directing? Well, I watched The Boat That Rocked and I know that it got slated but I really liked it, and Eric is pushing for Richard Curtis. But you know who I’m into? The Thick Of It guy, Armando Iannucci.
This is a big A-list movie. This is when someone goes and gets an Oscar for it.
Oren Moverman is also attached with screenwriter and director credits to This Side of the Looking Glass, a New York City drama about an aging writer. The status of the film is currently unknown according to IMDb, and it makes one wonder which of these two projects is Moverman’s priority.
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