Smells Like a Cobain Biopic

Benioff bringing Nirvana frontman's story to the screen.

by | October 19, 2007 | Comments

Nearly fifteen years after he ended it, Kurt Cobain‘s life is beginning its journey to theaters.

Variety reports that Universal Pictures has hired David Benioff to adapt Heavier Than Heaven, the Cobain biography written by Charles Cross. The as-yet untitled biopic will be co-produced by Working Title and Ben Silverman’s Reveille imprint, with Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, taking an executive production credit with her lawyer, Howard Weitzman.

The article says it’s unclear whether the studio has acquired music rights for the picture, but Cobain’s last albums were released on Geffen, a Universal Music Group label, so in theory, that shouldn’t be a point of concern. Variety also says the producers and studio haven’t commented on “the nature of the story they are trying to tell,” but with Love’s involvement, it seems a safe bet that the film will err on the positive side. From the article:

Cobain formed Nirvana in 1987 with bassis Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl, the latter of whom now fronts the Foo Fighters. Led by Cobain’s growling delivery, inventive guitar work and lyrics that appealed to a disaffected young generation, Nirvana ushered in the Seattle grunge music movement in the early ’90s with hits like “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Cobain’s life was marked by depression and drug use, and he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994, leaving behind his wife and a daughter.

These are busy days for Benioff — he wrote The Kite Runner, in theaters this fall, as well as X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Jim Sheridan‘s Brothers. One problem Benioff’s script can’t address, however, is who to cast as Cobain. Cast your votes here, RT faithful!

Source: Variety

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