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Smells Like a biopic

Oct. 19, 2007by: Mike Sampson

Jim Morrisson had THE DOORS. Janis Joplin has biopics in the works with Renee Zellweger and Zooey Deschanel. Jimi Hendrix has...well, didn't LL Cool J once almost star in a movie titled PURPLE HAZE? In any event, you knew it was going to happen (despite perhaps your prayers that it wouldn't) and sure enough the Kurt Cobain movie is in the works. Universal Pictures has hired David Benioff (WOLVERINE) to write a script based on the Cobain biography "Heavier Than Heaven." As expected Courtney Love will executive produce though no word on the involvement of former Nirvanaers Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl who aren't exactly chums with the former Mrs. Cobain. Interestingly enough, the film will be produced by Ben Silverman, newly crowned NBC wunderkind/chairman, who set up the film before leaving to run the network. Neither Silverman or Universal would discuss whether they, in addition to securing rights to Cobain's life story, have the rights to Nirvana's music. After all, both Novoselic and Grohl have a say in where and how their music is used. OK so now we get to have a little bit of fun: who plays Kurt? Michael Pitt played a Cobainlike character in Gus Van Sant's LAST DAYS and did a pretty bang-up job. But who would YOU cast in the big-budget, official biopic?

Extra Tidbit: Kurt Cobain was listed as No. 12 on Rolling Stones Top 100 Greatest Guitarists.
Source: Variety

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9:51AM on 10/22/2007

About a Son...

For a better "biopic" done the right way, check out "About a Son". It is the spoken word of Kurt Cobain speaking about his own life. The audio comes from over 25 hours of taped interviews that Michael Azzerad conducted while writing "Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana".

All the images in the film are places Kurt grew up or liked. The soundtrack is the music Kurt loved...NOT Nirvana music.

The film is basically on tour, stopping in larger towns for a 2-week run in each. I'm going to
For a better "biopic" done the right way, check out "About a Son". It is the spoken word of Kurt Cobain speaking about his own life. The audio comes from over 25 hours of taped interviews that Michael Azzerad conducted while writing "Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana".

All the images in the film are places Kurt grew up or liked. The soundtrack is the music Kurt loved...NOT Nirvana music.

The film is basically on tour, stopping in larger towns for a 2-week run in each. I'm going to go see it in Nashville at the Belcourt Nov. 2.

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11:36PM on 10/21/2007

Eh...

I'm a moderate fan of Nirvana's music and I wouldn't mind seeing this movie, but I would MUCH rather see a Layne Staley/Alice In Chains biopic with Ben Foster starring (he already looks a lot like Layne and with the right amount of make-up and other various forms of movie magic, he'd look identical to him).
I'm a moderate fan of Nirvana's music and I wouldn't mind seeing this movie, but I would MUCH rather see a Layne Staley/Alice In Chains biopic with Ben Foster starring (he already looks a lot like Layne and with the right amount of make-up and other various forms of movie magic, he'd look identical to him).
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7:05PM on 10/21/2007
If Love is producing it, I doubt it'll have the correct ending o_O
If Love is producing it, I doubt it'll have the correct ending o_O
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10:29AM on 10/21/2007
Way Way too soon. Anyone that is going to see this now already knows what's going to be in it because they followed Kurdt so closely. Plus (like others have said) Courtney will make herself so involved with the project that everthing will be skewed and not necessarily what really happened. At least wait 5 years till she OD's.

On another note though, I think Ben Foster would be great in this. I've liked him in every movie he was in, and his characters are usually on the odd side anyway. In 30
Way Way too soon. Anyone that is going to see this now already knows what's going to be in it because they followed Kurdt so closely. Plus (like others have said) Courtney will make herself so involved with the project that everthing will be skewed and not necessarily what really happened. At least wait 5 years till she OD's.

On another note though, I think Ben Foster would be great in this. I've liked him in every movie he was in, and his characters are usually on the odd side anyway. In 30 days he even kind of looked like a Coobain that had a really really shitty week.
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5:38PM on 10/20/2007
My vote for Kurt would be Ben Foster. He lind of stood out (at least for me) in both 3:10 to Yuma and 30 Days of Night. He has a very strange quirky way of acting which I believe this role deserves.
My vote for Kurt would be Ben Foster. He lind of stood out (at least for me) in both 3:10 to Yuma and 30 Days of Night. He has a very strange quirky way of acting which I believe this role deserves.
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2:24PM on 10/20/2007

I'll agree

This movie is probably best suited for sometime in the distant future. Also, I'll agree that Cobain would indeed dislike the concept of his life being turned into a movie quite vehemently... he didn't like the attention of being a "rock star", he'd hate having a movie done on his life.

That being said, Cobain is deserving of his own biopic at some point in time because you cannot point to a single person in the past 20-30 years who had a singular impact on the face of music as Cobain did.
This movie is probably best suited for sometime in the distant future. Also, I'll agree that Cobain would indeed dislike the concept of his life being turned into a movie quite vehemently... he didn't like the attention of being a "rock star", he'd hate having a movie done on his life.

That being said, Cobain is deserving of his own biopic at some point in time because you cannot point to a single person in the past 20-30 years who had a singular impact on the face of music as Cobain did. When Nirvana hit the scene it effectively killed off an entire genre of music (glam/hair metal) and transformed the music scene entirely.

You don't have to like Nirvana or Cobain to at least be able to acknowledge that.

As far as disliking Cobain partially because one girl overreacted at a Weird Al show... whatever.
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5:56AM on 10/20/2007
Originally I was going to jump on here bitching about those who said he wasn't talented or interesting and didn't deserve a biopic, spouting shit like the extra tidbit the article has, and how his death is disputed to this day and how technically, then, NOBODY's story is interesting enough to be made into a biopic, but then a friend told me "People get pissed over anything. Gives them something to do" and I realized he's right. I've been noticing it for a while, especially on this site
Originally I was going to jump on here bitching about those who said he wasn't talented or interesting and didn't deserve a biopic, spouting shit like the extra tidbit the article has, and how his death is disputed to this day and how technically, then, NOBODY's story is interesting enough to be made into a biopic, but then a friend told me "People get pissed over anything. Gives them something to do" and I realized he's right. I've been noticing it for a while, especially on this site (usually those who bitch Hollywood doesn't do anything original -- which they more often than not are guilty of -- and then when someone does do something original they bitch about that and call the director a hack, but that's neither here nor there). People are entitled to their opinions, which is why I'm not shooting Todd's reasons full of holes you could drive a tour bus through. Fact is, as someone stated on here, Kurt would hate the thought of this movie and it's only going to exist because of his whore of a wife needing cash. I didn't buy nor read his journal when she released that because those were his private thoughts not meant for his fans (of which, if you couldn't tell, I am a HUGE one), and odds are I'll treat this movie the same way, though something tells me Courtney's hand is going to be in it and it'll be a jaded biopic not entirely accurate, because she wouldn't let anyone make a movie where she's suspected of killing him (like all the interference she ran on Kurt & Courtney), and if that theory is omitted, or not even alluded to, it's inaccurate, IMO. And for the record, Dave Grohl is the worst thing to come out of Nirvana.
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10:47PM on 10/19/2007

A little to soon.

If I had to cast this movie I would go with Anna Faris for Courtney, & Heath Ledger as Kurt. I believe Heath can actually sing as well.

With that said. I think this movie is way too soon. Like someone else said. Wait about 20 years.
If I had to cast this movie I would go with Anna Faris for Courtney, & Heath Ledger as Kurt. I believe Heath can actually sing as well.

With that said. I think this movie is way too soon. Like someone else said. Wait about 20 years.
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7:02PM on 10/19/2007
Aussie Sam Worthington could play Cobain very well... but I really don't see this being a good movie. There wasn't much interesting stuff in Cobain's life besides he's music and problems with drugs and he's life... and with Courtney Love producing I doubt we'll see much of that interesting side.
Aussie Sam Worthington could play Cobain very well... but I really don't see this being a good movie. There wasn't much interesting stuff in Cobain's life besides he's music and problems with drugs and he's life... and with Courtney Love producing I doubt we'll see much of that interesting side.
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3:39PM on 10/19/2007

This movie...

...will be for those who weren't old enough to experience the times as a Gen-Xer first hand. I'm Gen-X, love Nirvana's music, and have read quite a bit about his life. So, I'll be skipping this one. Wish they'd wait another 20 years before attempting this. Then it might be worthwhile. Courtney must need more money for heroin to be pawning Kurt's life story. WHORE.
...will be for those who weren't old enough to experience the times as a Gen-Xer first hand. I'm Gen-X, love Nirvana's music, and have read quite a bit about his life. So, I'll be skipping this one. Wish they'd wait another 20 years before attempting this. Then it might be worthwhile. Courtney must need more money for heroin to be pawning Kurt's life story. WHORE.
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3:20PM on 10/19/2007
hahahaha i'll tell you one of the reasons i cant stand him.

i went and saw weird al once, cause i enjoy humor. haha

anyways, i was there, enjoying him. and he came out dressed as Kurt Cobain for when he played Smells Like Nirvana. good song, very funny. well...to me.

at any rate, the girl i was with started bawling....because Al resembeled Cobain. she wouldnt stop crying, because shes never gonna get to see him. the fact that anyone with as little talent as Cobain could have THAT
hahahaha i'll tell you one of the reasons i cant stand him.

i went and saw weird al once, cause i enjoy humor. haha

anyways, i was there, enjoying him. and he came out dressed as Kurt Cobain for when he played Smells Like Nirvana. good song, very funny. well...to me.

at any rate, the girl i was with started bawling....because Al resembeled Cobain. she wouldnt stop crying, because shes never gonna get to see him. the fact that anyone with as little talent as Cobain could have THAT effect on a girl at a WEIRD AL concert just irritates me.
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3:17PM on 10/19/2007
there are people who "get it" and people who don't. Just like all art. It doesn't speak to everyone.

I'd cut off my pinky toe for an A-list biopic on Wu-Tang Clan. but thats just me.

My only objection to what Todd is saying is you can detect the hate in his tone. he HATES Cobain like he stole his woman or something.

Is a dead rocker worth hating?
there are people who "get it" and people who don't. Just like all art. It doesn't speak to everyone.

I'd cut off my pinky toe for an A-list biopic on Wu-Tang Clan. but thats just me.

My only objection to what Todd is saying is you can detect the hate in his tone. he HATES Cobain like he stole his woman or something.

Is a dead rocker worth hating?
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2:57PM on 10/19/2007
and for some reason it keeps posting my messages twice.
and for some reason it keeps posting my messages twice.
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2:55PM on 10/19/2007
yea, good call. i guess ian curtis was a poor choice on my part.

im just really interested in his story.

i just really dont like Kurt Cobain. haha
yea, good call. i guess ian curtis was a poor choice on my part.

im just really interested in his story.

i just really dont like Kurt Cobain. haha
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2:26PM on 10/19/2007
"ray charles, johnny cash, ian curtis, and most of the other biopics as of late are deserving."

i can see how ray charles and johnny cash deserve to have their own biopics, as they are both greatly known and internationally popular (i really dont listen to either). i dont think ian curtis is as popular as fans may assume. so i dont see how ian curtis is any more deserving of a biopic when curt cobain obviously has a larger fanbase. plus, i hate joy division. *just my own opinion*

i dont
"ray charles, johnny cash, ian curtis, and most of the other biopics as of late are deserving."

i can see how ray charles and johnny cash deserve to have their own biopics, as they are both greatly known and internationally popular (i really dont listen to either). i dont think ian curtis is as popular as fans may assume. so i dont see how ian curtis is any more deserving of a biopic when curt cobain obviously has a larger fanbase. plus, i hate joy division. *just my own opinion*

i dont really listen to nirvana all that much, but i know their music quite well, and i can tell you that its a much better listen than anything that JD has produced. Listening to Curtis' voice cause discomfort to my soul. But I do give my respects to him, im not trying to insult a dead guy.
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1:18PM on 10/19/2007
i would watch this movie but i feel kurt cobain is beyond over rated. i think my generation was and is just trying like hell to find there jim morrison or somethhing and so they took cobain as a quick fix.
i would watch this movie but i feel kurt cobain is beyond over rated. i think my generation was and is just trying like hell to find there jim morrison or somethhing and so they took cobain as a quick fix.
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12:19PM on 10/19/2007
sorry to make everyone so mad at me. haha

just my own opinion.
sorry to make everyone so mad at me. haha

just my own opinion.
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12:14PM on 10/19/2007
thats exactly what i was doing. insulting such a "genius".

hurt me all you want.

ray charles, johnny cash, ian curtis, and most of the other biopics as of late are deserving. i find these guys to be real musicians. not hacks like kurt cobain, the only good thing to come out of nirvana was dave grohl who has more talent in his pinky finger than cobain had in all of his body.
thats exactly what i was doing. insulting such a "genius".

hurt me all you want.

ray charles, johnny cash, ian curtis, and most of the other biopics as of late are deserving. i find these guys to be real musicians. not hacks like kurt cobain, the only good thing to come out of nirvana was dave grohl who has more talent in his pinky finger than cobain had in all of his body.
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10:54AM on 10/19/2007
Todd, could I suggest you remove your head from your ass BEFORE you speak? I almost could have sworn you were insulting the late but always talented Mr. Cobain, in which case you would be demanding to be hurt.

Now as for the movie itself: I'm not sure if it should be made. Not unless it shows him getting murdered, and not doing THREE TIMES the overdose amount of heroin and somehow still managing to sit on a chair and hold a shotgun all on his own.
Todd, could I suggest you remove your head from your ass BEFORE you speak? I almost could have sworn you were insulting the late but always talented Mr. Cobain, in which case you would be demanding to be hurt.

Now as for the movie itself: I'm not sure if it should be made. Not unless it shows him getting murdered, and not doing THREE TIMES the overdose amount of heroin and somehow still managing to sit on a chair and hold a shotgun all on his own.
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10:44AM on 10/19/2007
Dave and chris should play dave and chris.
get brad pitt to play kurt, has the same face.
Dave and chris should play dave and chris.
get brad pitt to play kurt, has the same face.
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10:24AM on 10/19/2007
"biopics are for real musicians"? I don't quite get that, Todd.

One thing I do know, Kurt Cobain would HATE this movie.
"biopics are for real musicians"? I don't quite get that, Todd.

One thing I do know, Kurt Cobain would HATE this movie.
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8:18AM on 10/19/2007
id cast nobody. this is a movie nobody needs to see.

biopics are for real musicians.
id cast nobody. this is a movie nobody needs to see.

biopics are for real musicians.
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