According to a new press release from HBO announcing the cable network’s documentary lineup for 2015, the highly anticipated authorized documentary on Kurt Cobain will premiere on May 4 and will include “previously unheard originals” from the late NIRVANA frontman.
Kurt Cobain‘s widow, Courtney Love, initially approached filmmaker Brett Morgen in 2007 about making the project, which is called “Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck”, and offered him access to Cobain‘s private archives.
Morgen said that Love “gave me the keys to this kingdom and final cut of the film,” but that he soon began collaborating directly with Cobain and Love‘s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, who also inherited a vast amount of the musician’s material. Morgen explained, “At a certain point, I started working more closely with [Frances]. We (all) agreed that because Courtney was a subject in the film, it would be best if she wasn’t given editorial control.”
Frances is now credited as an executive producer on the film and recently tweeted, “I’m really excited for you guys to see ‘Montage Of Heck’. @brettmorgen created an intense yet wonderful examination of Kurt‘s life & art.”
Morgen also worked with Kurt‘s mother, Wendy Cobain, and his record label, Geffen Records, to secure rights to his music and personal materials for the film.
As for Love, Morgen said, “She hasn’t seen the movie. I’m not sure she’s intending to.” But he added, “Courtney brought me into the world, and the film would not exist if she hadn’t reached out to me.”
“Montage Of Heck” will debut later this month at the Sundance Film Festival.