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Courtney Love to Executive Produce (Another) Drama About Kurt Cobain's Last Days

October 19, 2007 10:21 AM ET

Universal Pictures and 25th Hour screenwriter David Benioff are getting to work on Last Days an untitled drama about the life of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Courtney Love, whose criteria when picking projects dealing with her dead husband's legacy is usually incredibly stringent, will serve as executive producer. The script will adapt Charles Cross' 2001 biography Heavier Than Heaven, which included accounts gleaned from Cobain's unpublished journals as well as information from Cobain's family and friends. This news comes nearly two weeks after About A Son -- a Cobain documentary that utilizes interview excerpts -- and Control, about the life and suicide of Joy Division's Ian Curtis, hit theaters. We assume an Elliott Smith script is being Fed-Exed overnight to Paramount as we type. So far, music rights have not been secured, but with Love in the exec. producer's chair, that shouldn't be a problem. Casting hasn't begun yet either, but we recommend this guy, considering he did such a great job the first time around.

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