For the first time ever, Cobain’s story will be told in this documentary set to air exclusively on HBO in 2015. Brett Morgen, Oscar-nominated filmmaker of boxing doc “On the Ropes,” Rolling Stones tribute “Crossfire Hurricane” and “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” directs the film, which Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain executive-produces.
Named for Cobain’s 1988 4-track mixtape from his own favorite records, “Montage of Heck” is the first doc to be made in cooperation with the Cobain family, allowing no-holds-barred access to his archives, with never-before-seen footage, newly unearthed recordings, demos, journey entries and more. The doc also features dozens of Nirvana songs and performances leading up to his controversial death in 1994 at the unlucky age of 27.
Few filmmakers have successfully captured Cobain as he was. To name a few: In 1998, “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” director Nick Broomfield investigated Courtney Love’s involvement in Cobain’s death, though the details remain speculative. In 2005, Gus Van Sant took liberally from Cobain’s life to direct the ruminative, lugubriously paced “Last Days,” starring Michael Pitt.
Could “Montage of Heck” be the definitive portrait? Morgen culled from over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, an array of Cobain’s artwork and over 4000 pages of writings to create to more intimately grapple with the ill-fated musician’s tormented psyche.
Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content will handled international release in 2015.