Kurt Cobain biopic to be helmed by Oscar nominee

source: thr.com

A long-gestating Kurt Cobain biopic has been given a fresh lease on life. (Poor taste?) Oscar nominated filmmaker Oren Moverman is in negotiations to rewrite the screenplay of a Cobain biopic and also direct it.

Moverman made his directorial debut last year with The Messenger, a film about war vets who are charged with the task of delivering news of fallen soldiers to their next of kin. Moverman and co-writer Alessandro Camon scored a Best Original Screenplay nomination, while Woody Harrelson picked up a Best Supporting Actor nom.

Considering The Messengers’ grim subject matter, it’s no surprise that Moverman has been pegged to retell the tragic story of the most famous music icon of the 1990s.

The currently untitled biopic was first announced in 2007, when screenwriter David Benioff (Brothers) was hired to adapt Charles R. Cross’ 2001 biography of the Nirvana front man, titled “Heavier Than Heaven”.

Universal currently own the life rights to both Cobain and his widow Courtney Love, while Love optioned the film rights to Cross’ book. Love will act as executive producer on this biopic.

Gus Van Sant tried his hand at capturing the final days of Cobain’s life on celluloid in the 2005 flick Last Days. Michael Pitt starred as Blake (a thinly veiled Cobain figure).

Discuss: These are all the details we have on hand at the moment. No release date, no starting date, no star. Regardless, how do you feel about a Cobain biopic? Particularly one exec-produced by Love?

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