In 2015, when HBO and Universal Pictures release the first authorized documentary, Montage of Heck
, about tortured 90s icon Kurt Cobain, don't plan on hearing much from Courtney Love. Love, who initially approached the film's director Brett Morgen with the idea in 2007, has been edged out of the creative/editorial process completely. Instead, Morgen has been working closely with Love and Cobain's daughter, Francis Bean.
Not much has been said about how easily Love surrendered control. Brett Morgen has side-stepped that issue by focusing on the involvement of Francis Bean, who will be credited as Executive Producer on the film. In an interview given to The Hollywood Reporter
, Morgen credits Love with opening the heaviest door, "she gave me the keys to the kingdom and final cut of the film." Once Francis Bean got involved the two decided "that because Courtney was a subject in the film, it would be best if she wasn't given editorial control." He did include that Love hasn't seen the film, and that he's "not sure she's intending to."
Following the initial report from The Hollywood Reporter, Director/Producer, Brett Morgen, released the following statement to Rolling Stone
regarding the inaccuracies of the story.
"Courtney Love first came to me with the idea for Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck in 2007. She was hoping to make a film that revealed a deeper understanding of Kurt than had been depicted in the media. While several parties control rights to Kurts music, Courtney and her daughter, are the sole rights holders to Kurts belongings, which are used quite readily throughout the film. In granting me access to his possessions, Courtney gave me permission to use the items in any manner I deemed appropriate for the film. She never asked for any editorial involvement. In todays age, and particularly when making a film on a public figure, it is virtually unheard of to grant this kind of access to a filmmaker. And for that I will always be grateful.
Any suggestion that Courtney was denied editorial involvement couldnt be further from the truth. It was her idea to let me have control. This film would not exist today without the support of Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain and Wendy OConnor.
The trust that has been invested in me by Courtney, Frances, and Kurts immediate family has been crucial in allowing me to paint a portrait of Kurt that is both honest, unflinching, empathetic, and effecting. I look forward to sharing this film with audiences around the world in 2015.
- Brett Morgen, writer, director and producer of KURT COBAIN - Montage of Heck.
Listen to the recently released music montage, made by Cobain, for which the documentary is named, below: