THURSDAY NOON UPDATE: This latest Kurt Cobain biopic will strive to be true to life. All Apologies (its working title) has secured the music rights from Cobain’s widow Courtney Love. But she can’t stop the project from happening, or so I’m told.
Wednesday 11:15 PM: Oren Moverman is moving up from a film about death and survival, to a film about a grunge god who commits suicide. I’m talking about the long gestating Kurt Cobain biopic which the helmer of 2009’s The Messenger has been offered to direct from the David Benioff script (known around town as All Apologies). Benioff and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce the drama for Universal. Pic covers the final 2 days in the life of the Nirvana singer and songwriter and guitarist right up to his suicide. (In 2005, Gus Van Sant wrote, directed and produced with HBO the theatrical release Last Days, a fictionalized account also dealing with the period before Cobain’s suicide. And, in the 1998 documentary Kurt & Courtney, filmmaker Nick Broomfield investigated claims that Cobain was actually murdered.) I’m told the plan is for Moverman to do a polish and direct, with dealmaking to begin shortly. He and Todd Haynes co-wrote the Bob Dylan drama I’m Not There, and Moverman with Alessandro Camon is now up for an Oscar for their script for The Messenger. But this Cobain biopic smells like a compelling project to me.