Screenwriter David Benioff (Brothers) was initially attached to the project in the Fall of 2007 when it was at Working Title and Reveille.
Much of the material on the life, music and 1994 suicide of the Nirvana singer-songwriter will be adapted from Charles R. Cross' 2001 biography, "Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain." Universal initially purchased the life rights of both Cobain and widow, Courtney Love. She had already optioned the film rights to the Cross book.
Love is going to be an executive producer along with her lawyer Howard Weitzman.
Moverman's The Messenger has landed Oscar nominations for the original screenplay. Woody Harrelson, who co-stars in the film, also earned a nomination for supporting actor.