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Jake Scott will helm the Jeff Buckley biopic

04.08.2011

I thought that biopic of Jeff Buckley was never coming, but it looks like I was mistaken.

The untitled project now has a director in the form of Jake Scott, whose last effort was WELCOME TO THE RILEYS. I must say I approve of this choice, but for a different reason than RILEYS. Scott has a ton of music videos on his resume and some good ones to note. Here's a list to prove it: Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees", R.E.M's "Everybody Hurts", Smashing Pumpkin's "Disarm", Live "Lighting Crashes", Soundgarden "Fell On Black Days", Strokes "Reptilia"...I can go on, but you get the picture. I'd let him direct this solely based on his music video credits alone. Also, being raised by Dad, Ridley Scott doesn't hurt either.

The only trouble I have is that Ryan Jaffe (THE ROCKER) is in charge of scripting this thing. Dude is going to have to pull some real emotion out of his ass in order to do something like this. Fortunately he does have David Browne's book, Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley, which is part of the rights package that includes Buckley's songs. Also, Buckley's mother Mary Guibert will be executive producer.

If you aren't aware of Buckley's beautifully haunting and just as equally mesmerizing music then you need to educate yourself. Sadly, Buckley was taken from this Earth too soon at the age of 30. On the evening of May 29, 1997, while waiting for his band to fly back from Memphis, Buckley took a swim in Wolf River Harbor. The singer had swam there before on several occasions, but that time would be his last. With all his clothes on singing "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin, Buckley went for a swim but never came back. It was decided that Buckley died of an accidental drowning.

Extra Tidbit: Someone get on the phone with James Franco.
Source: Deadline

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