The life of Jeff Buckley, one of the most celebrated musicians of the 1990s, will be documented in an upcoming biopic. The film, set to be written and directed by Brian Jun -- whose debut, Steel City won critical acclaim at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival -- will focus on Buckley's career, including the recording and release of Grace in 1994, his work on Sketches (for My Sweetheart the Drunk), which was released posthumously in 1998, and his untimely death at age 30 when he drowned in the Wolf River in Memphis, Tennessee. Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert, will produce the film.
"I can tell Jeff's fans with complete confidence that Brian is not the sort of fellow to sugar-coat or manipulate the facts," Guibert said in a statement. "I know that he's a straight shooter... and I have seen from his filmmaking that he has the courage and the skill to do this the way it should be done."
As for casting the film, Guibert insists they're not even close to that point in the film's production. "So, now, my friends, you can swing on the chandeliers speculating about which actors will play which parts," she said. "But, don't ask me! Read my lips, you actors, out there! We will not be making any decisions about casting a film we don't yet have a script for." Guibert expects they will have a script by the fall of this year.
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