A long-anticipated biopic on the life of tragic singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley (pictured) has finally been given the green-light, according to trade blog Deadline.
The site reports that Jake Scott (Welcome To The Rileys) will direct the as-yet-untitled film, with Ryan Jaffe (The Rocker) writing the script. Michelle Sy and Orian Williams will produce, with Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert exec producing.
It added that David Browne’s book Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley has been optioned as a resource by producers, and that shooting will begin this fall. No news on casting as of yet.
Buckley rose to fame in the mid-1990s before tragically drowning in an accident in Tennessee in 1997, aged 30. He only recorded and released one full-length album during his life, 1994′s Grace, however he has proven hugely influential for an array of modern day musicians, including Coldplay, Muse and Radiohead.
He has been the subject of numerous documentaries since his passing, including Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley (2004), which has been shown at various film festivals; Fall in Light, Goodbye and Hello (2000), a doc covering both Buckley and his father Tim, which was produced for Dutch TV; and Everybody Here Wants You (2002) a BBC documentary that aired in the UK on BBC4.