New Kurt Cobain Biopic Coming Our Way

February 18, 2010

A new biopic about famed singer/songwriter Kurt Cobain is on its way thanks to director Oren Moverman, the guy who made The Messenger. The closest anyone's really come to making a movie about Cobain was Gus Van Sant's Last Days, which wasn't explicitly about the musician. Will this be the best biopic ever?

The Risky Business blog gives us more details on the Cobain biopic:

Material on the life, music and 1994 suicide of the Nirvana singer-songwriter will come at least partially from Charles R. Cross’ 2001 biography, Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain. Universal originally purchased the life rights of both Cobain and his widow, Courtney Love, who had already optioned the film rights to the Cross book.

Moverman is in the process of rewriting a script by David Benioff. He was co-writer of the scripts for I'm Not There and Jesus' Son.

It will be strange to see a biopic of Cobain at this point in history. Everyone who was a big fan of him back in 1994 is all growns up, which isn't to say that there isn't still a huge fanbase that will be excited to see this movie.

So who's going to play Cobain? Common sense would suggest you'd want to go with a no-name actor who we could actually imagine is the musician. If they cast Jake Gyllenhaal or Leonardo DiCaprio it's just not going to feel right.

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