Universal’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.”