Kurt Cobain film alive?
There's been news of a film about Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, for some time, since 2007 began in fact, but it's only now that it could be taking that crucial step towards actual film development.
The biography has had a writer attached for some time, and now there's talk of a director joining the project, so a film may be just around the corner. Here's a quick history of the production so far.
January the 1st 2007 saw the Charles Cross written biography about Kurt Cobain, Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) being bought by Courtney Love and a film project begun.
Steve Martin was writing the script, and studios were in discussion. Rumours began as soon as the story was out and amazingly Ewan McGregor was being pitched for the lead, strange indeed since there wasn't even a script or director to help choose a lead.
Then the film had a working title, Heavier than Heaven was the name and then another rumour had appeared, just as crazy as the first, with James McAvoy being touted as the lead. The source, like the first casting rumour, was from a rumour heavy source.
The last we heard was in January of 2008 when Courtney Love revealed that she would like Scarlet Johansson to play her, but of course that was another thick rumour from an unnamed source of a friend of a...and so on.
Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, committed suicide in 1994. During his life he and the band were a huge influence on the music scene, and he and Nirvana were described as the spokesperson of a generation and the flagship band of Generation X.
Now we're hearing, through Reuters and Yahoo News, that the co-writer and director of The Messenger is negotiating to direct the film. Oren Moverman is set to take David Benioff's script, which is partially set on the book.
There's no other news, but considering the emotional tone and strength of The Messenger, you wouldn't be blamed for thinking that this is going to mean that the Cobain film is going to be quite an insight into his life and an emotional roller coaster, much like the man's life.
I wonder though, has there been too much time since the man died and Nirvana were at the fore of music? At the same time has there not been enough time that has passed to show them as the influential band they were?