Kurt Cobain Film Aims to Be This Generation's 'The Wall'

'Crossfire Hurricane' director to mix animation, live action

Nirvana's Kurt Cobain
'Unplugged'... and animated / Photo by Frank Micelotta/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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Crossfire Hurricane, documentarian Brett Morgen's 2012 film about the Rolling Stones, combined audio interviews with relevant archival footage. His still-untitled, Courtney Love-approved documentary about Kurt Cobain, tentatively planned for next year, will be different. The tone of both documentaries seeks to reflect their subjects' personalities, Morgen told NME.

To that end, Morgen said the movie about the late Nirvana frontman will blend animation and live action, like the 1982 film based on Pink Floyd's landmark album The Wall. "We're hoping the Cobain film, that'll hopefully be released in 2014, will be this generation's The Wall — a mix of animation and live action that'll allow the audience to experience Kurt in a way they never have before," Morgen's quoted as saying.

Cobain, of course, had moves unlike Mick Jagger's. "If you think about Kurt, he's a contradiction," Morgen told NME. "He could be sincere and sentimental, and also ironic and sarcastic. He was sweet and sour. He was incredibly funny too, and the film has to reflect his spirit."

Morgen added: "The thing about him people might not know too is that he was an incredible visual artist and left behind a treasure chest of comic books, paintings, Super8 films, all sorts."

Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound almost 20 years ago, but Nirvana's legacy continues to tower over pop culture. Paul McCartney led what the former Beatle dubbed a "Nirvana reunion" during last month's mega-concert for Hurricane Sandy relief. Sub Pop co-founder Bruce Pavitt recently published previously unseen photos from Nirvana's 1989 European tour. And while Love has shot down talk of a potential Nirvana musical, it's anyone's guess when and whether a sitcom titled Smells Like Teen Spirit could hit the airwaves.

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