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An Official Kurt Cobain Documentary Is On the Way

By January 4, 2013

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In 1998, director Nick Broomfield released Kurt & Courtney, a documentary that examined the conspiracy theories that suggested Courtney Love had plotted the murder of her husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, and made it look like suicide. Fifteen years later, a more "official" documentary about Cobain's life is moving forward.

Documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen, who directed the Rolling Stones biography Crossfire Hurricane and co-directed The Kid Stays in the Picture, revealed to NME that he's been working on a Cobain documentary for five years. But unlike Broomfield's film, Morgen's has the blessing of Love, who apparently enlisted him in making the project.

Morgen said, "The thing about [Cobain] people might not know ... is that he was an incredible visual artist and left behind a treasure chest of comic books, paintings, Super8 films, all sorts. We're hoping the Cobain film, that'll hopefully be released in 2014, will be this generation's The Wall -- a mix of animation and live action that'll allow the audience to experience Kurt in a way they never have before. It's very ambitious."

It's also not the only Cobain-themed project supposedly in the works. For years, there was talk about a fiction film based on Cobain's life, but that seems to have lost momentum. More recently, a Nirvana musical was mentioned, but that, too, seems pretty unlikely to see the light of day. But if Morgen's film does indeed come out in 2014, it will mark the 20th anniversary of Cobain's death. Where has the time gone?

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