February 19, 2010

The director of 'The Messenger' to tackle a Kurt Cobain biopic next!

Cinematical has the story:

Although it's faded from the memory, it has not disappeared: It's been two and a half years since word hit that David Benioff was penning a Kurt Cobain biopic, and now the project is gaining some steam. THR's Risky Business Blog reports that Oren Moverman, writer and director of the double Oscar-nominated The Messenger, is in talks to spruce up Benioff's screenplay and then direct it.

The biopic is based partially on the Charles R. Cross' Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain, which Courtney Love had already optioned. That, of course, brings up the warning bells since she's far from a beloved widow, and has had -- no surprise -- a crappy post-suicide relationship with Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl. On the plus side, Benioff is said to have gone to Cobain's old friends in Seattle and Aberdeen to help paint the proper picture of him.

Eh, maybe that's not a huge plus. There's definitely new promise with Moverman in the mix, and it seems that Universal wants to take this seriously, but that Love... and Kurt... It looks to be no Guitar Hero fluff, but the cynic in me imagines a future where Nirvana regains steam (like Queen a la Wayne's World), but in a totally merchandise-ridden, Disney co-opt sort of way, where the ability to make Cobain sing Rick Springfield would be the least of the old Nirvana fan's worries.



  1. Works for me. Could this be an awards vehicle for some lucky actor? Time will tell.

  2. Depends. Might I suggest Ryan Gosling or Ben Foster...though keep in mind I'm not big on Nirvana, so I have no idea if their apt selections or not.

  3. I'm a huge nirvana fan and this really excited me. Ben Foster actually would be a pretty good Kurt Cobain.

  4. lol. I will be surprised if Courtney Love is "absolutely" content with whomever is chosen to play her...

    "I could have played Sating in Moulin Rouge better than Kidman"---Herself

    what? ok there..lay off the crack. Anyway, this is good news. I love Benioff's dedication.