Writer-Director Oren Moverman (The Messenger) to Write and Direct Kurt Cobain Biopic

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heavier_than_heaven_nirvana_book.jpgUniversal’s biopic about Kurt Cobain just got interesting.  That’s because writer-director Oren Moverman (The Messenger) has signed on to rework the David Benioff (Brothers) script and also direct the project as well.  While many of you have probably not seen The Messenger, the film was filled with amazing and honest performances by Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, and Samantha Morton. It’s about two U.S. Army officers (Foster and Harrelson) who are responsible for notifying families when someone has died serving our country.  The film feels like a documentary, rather than something scripted.

That’s why I’m incredibly excited to see Moverman land the Cobain project.  I don’t want to see a Hollywood version of Cobain’s life.  I want to believe I’m watching Cobain on screen and see an honest look at the reason he ended his life so early.  Of course, the project still has to land a leading man who can pull it off, but the director is the first step, and they have chosen wisely.

The film is going to be based at least partially on Charles R. Cross’ 2001 biography, Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain.  According to THR article, “Universal purchased the life rights of both Cobain and his widow, Courtney Love, who had already optioned the film rights to the Cross book.  Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan and Graham Larson are producing. Love is an executive producer along with her lawyer Howard Weitzman.”




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  • Corin Prendiville

    Love and her LAWYER? lol, this means shes going to be painted in a very positive light and they won't be able to delve into any of the tragedy surrounding his death or Loves many affairs during their marriage. What a sadness.

    They should wait until Love dies so they can make an honest film about Cobain instead of being forced to bend to her plots of fame and fortune. They should use Joe Anderson if anyone remembers him from Across The Universe he already looked identical to Kurt in that film and they weren't even trying lol, and he had the mood down perfect in the film to so it would work so well. Last I heard they had been looking into someone else though who didn't even slightly resemble Kurt, oh well.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Oh and I guess he is in The Crazies now too, in the jail scene where the guy pretends to be dead; he plays the other officer.

  • The Dude

    I know who they should cast as Kurt Cobain. Either they should cast Charlie Hunnam, who plays Jackson “Jax” Teller on Sons of Anarchy. He has the same long, shaggy blonde hair. The scruffy facial hair. A similar looking face. Hunnam is 6'1 and Cobain was 5'10 so he's close in height. Hunnam has shown that he can pull off an American accent and he is 29 right now. Cobain was 27 when he died so they're also close in age. Or, they should cast Joe Anderson who played Max Carrigan in Across the Universe. He's basically identical to Cobain, he's 27, and he's 5'11.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Yep Joe is perfect to play him, he looked just like him in Across The Universe I actually thought they had transplanted Cobain into the 60s lol.

  • The Dude

    I know who they should cast as Kurt Cobain. Either they should cast Charlie Hunnam, who plays Jackson “Jax” Teller on Sons of Anarchy. He has the same long, shaggy blonde hair. The scruffy facial hair. A similar looking face. Hunnam is 6'1 and Cobain was 5'10 so he's close in height. Hunnam has shown that he can pull off an American accent and he is 29 right now. Cobain was 27 when he died so they're also close in age. Or, they should cast Joe Anderson who played Max Carrigan in Across the Universe. He's basically identical to Cobain, he's 27, and he's 5'11.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Yep Joe is perfect to play him, he looked just like him in Across The Universe I actually thought they had transplanted Cobain into the 60s lol.

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