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On the 16th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death are we any closer to a film about his life?
Who else is 'languishing' in biopic purgatory?
It depends upon whom you believe.
In an extensive story on biopics in April 1’s Variety, author Steve Chagollan calls any attempt to bring Cobain’s story to the big screen, “long languishing.” Among the others that can’t seem to achieve lift off? Projects on Miles Davis, Janis Joplin, Keith Moon, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and Frank Sinatra.
However MTV reports today, perhaps to commemorate Cobain’s death, that Oren Moverman, best known as director of “The Messenger,” is still in talks to direct a Cobain biopic based on Charles R. Cross’s 2001 book “Heavier Than Heaven.” Moverman is very cautious, telling MTV that “it’s so early in the process, it would be not right for me to try to guess what the film will be before I start to actually attack it, before I’m officially on it.” As we previously reported, Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, has optioned the rights to "Heavier Than Heaven." Universal owns the rights to Cobain's and Love's life stories. Odd, but true.
As Chagollan's piece points out, biopics can be very messy business when it comes to getting rights to the music and the estate's approval, if that's an issue.
Do we really need a Cobain biopic? No, we just need the music. So today, in honor of Cobain, take out your favorite Nirvana album and turn it up loud.