After years of rumors, hints, false-starts, and dwellings in development hell, it looks like a Jeff Buckley biopic is finally hitting the screen. For those of you who don’t recall, Buckley was a virtuosic singer/ guitarist in the 1990s who was the son of folk singer Tim Buckley, famously covered Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and later drowned while taking a swim in 1997.
And now /Film has it that the long-attempted biopic of Buckley’s life is finally being made—Welcome to the Rileys director Jake Scott will be helming a script penned by Ryan Jaffe (The Rocker):
“Music rights to Buckley’s songs are included in the rights package, and producers have optioned David Browne‘s biography Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley. Browne will work with the producers as a consultant. Michelle Sy and Orian Williams are producing the project, with Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert as exectuvie producer.”
Filming is set to begin in the fall, and now attention is falling on the ‘who will play Jeff?’ game. Robert Pattinson was briefly rumored (please please no), and James Franco would have been perfect ten years ago (he’s a little long in the tooth now)—I’d recommend Joseph Gordon Levitt at this point.
What do you think of the Jeff Buckley biopic news?