Brett Morgen, director of HBO’s new Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane, is in the process of putting together a Kurt Cobain doc. But, contrary to widespread reports, Courtney Love isn’t involved in the process.
The New York Post quoted Morgen as saying, “Courtney is the one that brought me into this… We’ve been trying to find the right time to put this film together and the time is now.” Added Morgen, “We are going to do the movie sort of like a third-person autobiography — [as] if Kurt was around and making a film about his life.”
Courtney Love’s rep, however, denies Love’s role in the project, telling EW that while she herself isn’t working on the film, she’s “very happy” Morgen’s making it. “She thinks he’s a great director,” Love’s rep said.
Morgen confirmed this, explaining that his widely reported comments in the Post were taken out of context.
“Back in 2007, I had a meeting in L.A. with Courtney Love to discuss my possible involvement in a Kurt Cobain documentary,” he told EW in a statement. “She had seen my film, The Kid Stays in the Picture, and thought that I had the right vision and passion to bring Kurt’s story to life. Since that time, I have been speaking exclusively with Kurt Cobain’s estate, who have given me their full cooperation in order to make the film. Courtney isn’t currently involved with the project in any capacity. The estate and I will be releasing more information about our plans in the coming weeks. Production on the film will begin in the coming months and we are aiming for a 2014 release.”
As for that rumored musical about the Nirvana frontman, Love — who recently relinquished most of her rights to Cobain’s image — has ruled out the possibility. “There will be no musical,” she told the Observer. “Sometimes it’s best just to leave things alone.”