It’s been a few years since we’ve heard anything about the Kurt Cobain biopic that Courtney Love has been developing with Universal. David Benioff (The 25th Hour, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) was hired to write the script back in 2007, based on the book Heavier Than Heaven by Charles Cross. Since then, Courtney Love has offered her dream casting choices, but the movie has essentially fallen off the radar… until now.
Risky Business reports that writer-director Oren Moverman is currently in talks to take over the project, the idea being that he would rewrite the screenplay and direct it as well. Moverman most recently wrote and directed The Messenger, a fantastic little drama that is up for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars this year. Based on that project alone I would say he has the subtlety and the vision to keep a Cobain biopic from becoming something it shouldn’t be, but if that wasn’t enough, he also previously co-wrote the screenplay for Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There, one of the most unconventional musician biopics ever.
I must admit, I’ve a little apprehensive about an “official” Kurt Cobain biopic ever since it was announced, but with Moverman at the helm I am completely sold on the idea. If he can just keep Courtney Love sedated and out of the picture for the majority of the process, I think we’ll get something pretty special out of this project. The only missing piece of the puzzle is the right cast… who do you think should play Kurt Cobain?