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HBO, Brett Morgen prep authorized Kurt Cobain doc

U.S. net HBO, Universal Pictures International Entertainment and Oscar-nominee Brett Morgen are making a fully-authorized feature doc on the late Nirvana singer (pictured), set to premiere next year.
November 25, 2014

U.S. net HBO, Universal Pictures International Entertainment and Oscar-nominee Brett Morgen are making an authorized feature doc on late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain (pictured).

The doc, entitled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, is being coproduced by HBO and Universal, and will debut exclusively on HBO in the U.S. in 2015.

While there have been numerous unauthorized Cobain docs in the past – including Nick Broomfield’s 1998 effort Kurt & Courtney and AJ Schnack’s 2006 film Kurt Cobain: About a Son - this is the first to be billed as a “fully-authorized” feature.

Morgen (Crossfire Hurricane, The Kid Stays in the Picture) is writing, directing and producing the film, while Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is on board as exec producer.

“I started work on this project eight years ago,” said Morgen in a statement. “Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth.

“However, once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects – oil paintings, sculptures – countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4,000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media.”

Cobain formed grunge act Nirvana with bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1985, and the band enjoyed international mainstream success with 1991 sophomore album Nevermind, which has sold more than 30 million albums globally. However, Cobain struggled with depression and heroin abuse, and in 1994 committed suicide at the age of 27.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is being made in association with Public Road Productions and The End of Music, with Danielle Renfrew Behrens also serving as producer.

In addition to Cobain’s daughter, Larry Mestel, David Byrnes and Sheila Nevins also serve as EPs, while David Morrison is the co-executive producer. Sara Bernstein is the senior producer for HBO.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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