Authorized Kurt Cobain documentary due in 2015 on HBO

Kurt Cobain performs on "MTV Unplugged" in New York on Nov. 18, 1993.
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The first documentary on Nirvana singer, songwriter and lead guitarist Kurt Cobain to be made with the cooperation of his family is slated to premiere in 2015 on HBO.

“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” is written, directed and produced by Brett Morgen, and Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is executive producer.

“I started work on this project eight years ago,” Morgen said in a statement. “Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth.

“However, once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4,000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media,” said Morgen, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who made HBO’s Rolling Stones documentary “Crossfire Hurricane.”


Cobain, who struggled with substance abuse and often spoke of his discomfort with the fame thrust on him when Nirvana’s music gained a widespread following, died in 1994 at age 27 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

HBO Documentary Film is co-producing “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” with Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group.

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