Moverman to direct Cobain biopic?
Published 18/02/2010 | 17:34
Oren Moverman is in negotiations to write and direct the long-awaited Kurt Cobain biopic.
Moverman - whose latest film, The Messenger, is nominated for two Oscars including Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Woody Harrelson - is in talks to rewrite David Benioff's script and helm the untitled project for Universal, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Business blog.
The movie about the life, music and 1994 suicide of the Nirvana star will be based on Charles R Cross' 2001 biography, Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography Of Kurt Cobain.
Universal originally 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, while Love is an executive producer along with her lawyer Howard Weitzman.
Benioff carried out first-hand research with Cobain's old friends in Aberdeen and Seattle for his drafts of the script.
Love recently said she wanted The Thick Of It's Armando Iannucci to direct the film.
She told Clash magazine: "Who's directing? Well, I watched The Boat That Rocked and I know that it got slated but I really liked it, and Eric is pushing for Richard Curtis. But you know who I'm into? The Thick Of It guy, Armando Iannucci."
She added: "This is a big A-list movie. This is when someone goes and gets an Oscar for it."