Although it's faded from the memory, it has not disappeared: It's been two and a half years since word hit that David Benioff was penning a Kurt Cobain biopic, and now the project is gaining some steam. THR'sRisky Business Blog reports that Oren Moverman, writer and director of the double Oscar-nominated The Messenger, is in talks to spruce up Benioff's screenplay and then direct it.

The biopic is based partially on the Charles R. Cross' Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain, which Courtney Love had already optioned. That, of course, brings up the warning bells since she's far from a beloved widow, and has had -- no surprise -- a crappy post-suicide relationship with Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl. On the plus side, Benioff is said to have gone to Cobain's old friends in Seattle and Aberdeen to help paint the proper picture of him.

Eh, maybe that's not a huge plus. There's definitely new promise with Moverman in the mix, and it seems that Universal wants to take this seriously, but that Love... and Kurt... It looks to be no Guitar Hero fluff, but the cynic in me imagines a future where Nirvana regains steam (like Queen a la Wayne's World), but in a totally merchandise-ridden, Disney co-opt sort of way, where the ability to make Cobain sing Rick Springfield would be the least of the old Nirvana fan's worries.
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