January 4, 2013


New Kurt Cobain Film Aiming to Be "This Generation's 'The Wall'"

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Kevin Mazur/WireImage

It seems like there's always talks of a Kurt Cobain film happening—a stalled biopic here, a documentary project there. But a new endeavor from Brett Morgen, the director behind the Rolling Stones doc Crossfire Hurricane as well as the TV miniseries Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America, sounds promising. 

"The thing about him people might not know too is that he was an incredible visual artist and left behind a treasure chest of comic books, paintings, Super8 films, all sorts," Bergen told NME. (Note: We'd heard about the art!) "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."

The documentary is not only sanctioned by Courtney Love, but was commissioned by her and by Cobain's estate. Bergen seems thrilled to explore the legendary Nirvana frontman now gone from our midst for nearly two decades. "If you think about Kurt, he's a contradiction," Bergen said. "He could be sincere and sentimental, and also ironic and sarcastic. He was sweet and sour. He was incredibly funny too, and the film has to reflect his sprit."