Universal Pictures has set David Benioff (The Kite Runner, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) to write an untitled drama about the life of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, according to Variety. Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, will executive produce with Howard Weitzman.
The studio has acquired rights to "Heavier Than Heaven," a Cobain biography written by Charles Cross.
Cross had access to Cobain's unpublished diaries as well as Cobain's friends and family members.
Cobain formed Nirvana in 1987 with bassis Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl, the latter of whom now fronts the Foo Fighters. Led by Cobain's growling delivery, inventive guitar work and lyrics that appealed to a disaffected young generation, Nirvana ushered in the Seattle grunge music movement in the early '90s with hits like "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Cobain's life was marked by depression and drug use, and he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994, leaving behind his wife and a daughter.