Hallelujah! Jake Scott To Direct Jeff Buckley Biopic
(And yes, I'm aware "Hallelujah" is a Leonard Cohen song. But Jeff Buckley's rendition of it is probably the most well known version.)
Deadline is reporting that Jake Scott, son of Ridley Scott and director of WELCOME TO THE RILEYS and multiple music videos featuring the likes of R.E.M., Radiohead, and Smashing Pumpkins, will direct a film based on the life of Jeff Buckley. Buckley was the son of 1960s singer Tim Buckley. Buckley's album GRACE is considered one of the most influential albums of the 1990s, but unfortunately Buckley didn't live to see its success, having drowned in Wolf River Harbor in Tennessee in 1997.
His music has been a major influence on many bands since then. GRACE is still a hell of an album. Likely everyone will link to a video of "Hallelujah" but I'd rather link to one of his original songs:
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April 8, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST
April 8, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST
I'd say that John Cale's version is the most recognized if for no other reason than for Scrubs and Shrek.
April 8, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST
I've never heard of this guy and don't care.
April 8, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST
April 8, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST
This has been in the works for years. Glad to see that the film will finally get off the ground. I wonder what happened with Brian Jun (orginal screenwriter/director)? Probably not enough clout to get the film made.
April 8, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST
I think you're thinking of Hallelujah
April 8, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST
by Skyway Moaters
April 8, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST
by Skyway Moaters
April 8, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST
...but Buckley's mommy wouldn't let him.
April 8, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST
by Andy Pandy
because the Academy loves dead musician biopics!!
April 8, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST
As a huge Jeff Buckley fan, I think Jason Ritter would be an excellent choice.
April 8, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST
I AM thinking of Hallelujah. However, since the talkback is about Jeff Buckley, I just titled it "Last Goodbye." That was my mistake for being unclear.
April 8, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST
Have you been in a bubble for the last 17 years?
April 8, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST
April 8, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST
if you wanna have a good time in the sack with someone you love, put Everybody Here Loves You on the iPod player, dim the lights, and let nature takes its course. Goddamn, is that a baby-maker...
April 8, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST
Anybody can make a Jeff Buckley movie. Hell, I could make it with my chihuahua as Jeff and a Mego Isis as Rebecca Moore. Oscar stuff. Can they get the rights to his music, does it have his mother's blessing? If not, it's kind of pointless, like a Marvin Gaye biopic with new songs written because they have no rights to his actual music...
April 8, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST
I saw Buckley at the TLA in Philly not long after GRACE came out. Amazing. This is a Bio-Pic I've wanted to see for a long, long time. I vote for Franco... he could even play his Father in flashback, who died not unlike his son, well before his time.
April 8, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST
Never truer words have been spoken. the girl I dated before I met my wife INSISTED on it being on and yea... it was BEYOND appropriate.
April 8, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST
Based loosely on Buckley's life? Perhaps a new spin on Friday the 13th?
April 8, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST
sweet jebus a man with intelligence, Andrew Garfield would be amazing for this,,,,,,AMAZING
April 8, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
Hopefully a Michael Bayesque drowning scene.
April 8, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST
I just don't pay attention to music, so I wouldn't know Buckley from Buckminster Fuller. And now that I know who he is, and remember his music, I can safely say... <p> <p>...I still don't give a shit. <p> <p>And I'd very much rather see a movie about Buckminster Fuller, come to think of it.
April 8, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST
wrong dead musician
April 8, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST
Joseph Gordon Levitt all the way.
April 8, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST
He's an unknown actor, so they'd have to vet his stage chops, but this guy is a dead ringer in terms of looks and musical imitation. He has the voice, which with Jeff is exceedingly hard to pull of since he could go through three octaves with ease. At minimum he can pull off the stage performances. Damon Daunno http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjQcvw_5HOI
April 8, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST
went to high school with Jeff. Senior follies, he played spirit of radio (by rush, for the retarded), and nailed the guitar....we were all, fuuuuuuuuuuuhhhh ck
April 8, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST
In all seriousness, there are many that have tragically died before their time when many have already been exposed to their greatness, such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Kurt Cobain, Derrick Thomas, Payne Stewart and Dale Earnhardt. However, I have always found it significantly more heartbreaking in considering the stories of Jeff Buckley, Keith Whitley, Otis Redding and Len Bias. Those who were taken from the world before the full potential of their brilliance was realized; before many had the opportunity to know their genius; and that they were revered by many only after their death.
April 8, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST
have introduced Jeff Buckley and Grace (the albulm) to many people and all are amazed by his voice and all want to know what they are doing now
April 8, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST
by Hudson Cock
on Earth. Hope they do him justice. Rock movies nowadays are hit or miss. The Runaways anyone? It was kinda bad.
April 8, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST
AICN talkbacks are always good for a snarky laugh but Buckley was the real deal, nice to see at least a few people showing respect. And to anyone saying they don't give a shit, well a lot more people give a shit about Jeff Buckley at any given moment than anyone will ever give a shit about you.
April 8, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST
by Life Proof
Seriously...dude had a WAY more interesting life. Not to mention far superior music.
April 9, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST
He's a little too old now. They'd have to do a lot of digital work on his face for the young Buckley bits. I think Gordon-Levitt or Garfield would be great - Yelchin is a bit too weedy and lightweight. Still, I'll bet the role will go to Franco.
April 9, 2011, 1:37 a.m. CST
keep dreaming, guys! on a serious note, I love Buckley, but I wonder what a biopic would focus on. his story kind of ended before the 3rd act. I mean, imagine Kurt Cobain or Jimi Hendrix dying like 3 years earlier than they did. where's the story? his death is just so depressing, I'm not sure I want to see a movie about it. but I know I will.
April 9, 2011, 2:08 a.m. CST
I've been waiting for this movie forever. "Lover You Should Have Come Over" is one of my most favorite songs of all time. Huge Buckley fan :D
April 9, 2011, 4:48 a.m. CST
Jeff Buckley is simply the greatest singer I've ever heard
April 9, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST
by Monkey Butler
That's just about the dumbest thing I've read on these talkbacks. Straight up. There's been shit that didn't make sense, shit that offended me, shit that I just plain didn't agree with, and your statement is right up there with the worst things ever posted on AICN. Congratulations, I guess. <p> Seriously, what kind of soulless, joyless motherfucker 'doesn't pay attention' to music? It's just about the oldest cultural institution on this planet. You might as well say "I don't really like stories" or "colour doesn't really mean much to me". You are less of a person for not "paying attention" to music.
April 9, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST
Cheese and crackers! Mary Guibert is Exec Producing this... so there will be Jeff's music in it... thank goodness! http://www.jeffbuckley.com/pages/ Would have sucked to have someone just buy the rights to Cohen's Hallelujah and make it seem like that's the only song Jeff ever sang. One of my fears when Brad Pitt was contemplating a biopic... Guibert 'dissuaded' him. I worry about the angsty-ness of the story. They optioned Dream Brother, and I hope that's the take on it they use... Jeff and his complicated relationship with a father he knew more from his music then actual time spent together... the parallels and contradictions... very satisfying read. Every time VH1 uses Hallelujah in a "Behind the Music" death segment, I think Jeff rolls a little in his grave. From what Dream Brother indicated, he hated that, the sentimentality and the hero worship of a dead rocker. I just hope they don't try to make him Saint Jeff. Buckley was an amazing talent, but he wasn't perfect, and would not want to be remembered (or discovered) with rose-colored glasses. I hope they don't gloss over things like his signing or the tribute concert that launched him or his romantic entanglements. As for casting... Back before Spider-Man, I thought Franco was perfect for Jeff... hell, his Harry Osbourne could qualify as a Jeff Buckley audition... now, he'd be perfect for Tim in his last days. I'm a bit surprised to say this, but I love some of the names I've heard for Jeff in this Talkback, like Yelchin and Gordon-Levitt.
April 9, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST
I was in a band with a guy who just would not shut up about Jeff Buckley. It was just so constant. He insisited that we do everythign the way he would have done...and from the little I knew about him and his music, seemed to miss the point of the imense creativity behind Jeff Buckley's work. I really like him too but I think that whole thing kindfof ruined it for me. It's been a few years since I had to listen to the crazy ravings. I am looking forward to the story beihind it tho.
April 9, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST
Okay so I'm a huge Jeff Buckley fan(hence the username) but since watching the genius that is The Wire have always thought James Ransone was a dead-ringer for Buckley. The fact that he's not only an incredible actor and according to imdb played bass in a metal band in NYC maybe he'd know his way around a "stage." I also like the other actor suggestions but I still stick by mine as an early personal favorite.
April 9, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST
by Shaner Jedi
the reason youve never heard of him is he unfortunately died well before his time. Go check out his version of Cohen's Hallelujah. He makes you feel the words. Great artist. His covers are great and his originals showed great potential. RIP Buckley
April 9, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST
by Shaner Jedi
wow did you just mention Keith Whitley? Now there was a guy who had the potential to bring back some of the soul and authenticity to country music.
April 9, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST
April 9, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST
a non-actor; a musician. That person is Jimmy Gnecco.
April 9, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST
Just listen to Grace.
April 9, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST
But nobody's talking about the fact that a shit director is at the helm. This is not good news.
April 9, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST
Song To the Siren, other greats too.
April 9, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST
with Ben Foster as this singer who never met his dead dad singer, that tries to commit suicide by driving his car off a cliff? Anthony Michael Hall was reportedly a huge Jeff Buckley fan and even used one of his songs for the credit sequence the first few years. which is weird because I had a friend who said she knew Buckley's family and that the river story was made up and that he actually drove off a cliff. So I don't know if the Dead Zone knew something, or what.... But yeah, this is the 90s singer death that should have rocked the world, not fucking Kurt Cobain. What Jeff could have done had he continued.... truly sad. would love to see a good biopic.
April 10, 2011, 2:25 a.m. CST
My bonafides: Jeff Buckley is a huge deal to me. I first heard him when I was about twelve years old and it was genuinely a turning point in my life. It was the moment that turned me on not just to music, but to my own emotional, philosophical and artistic potential. I know that seems trite, but it was the first thing (maybe along with Radiohead's "The Bends") that I understood and valued and adored as my 'adult' self. His music was and is absolutely beautiful, and through my teenage years Jeff was my hero. I'm twenty eight now and I still feel like the guy was my big brother growing up. It's absolutely amazing to hear people here saying James Franco could pull this off. That would be HORRENDOUS. Joseph Gordon Levitt??? Anton Yelchin??? You guys have no imagination. Apparently all someone has to do to be right for the role is have had a successful movie in the last two years. If anyone has to do it, I nominate Kris Lemche. A far more suitable choice than any listed in this thread. Take a look: http://tinyurl.com/3ufy7fr That said, I think this movie is a bad idea. Jeff's music is his legacy, and it's perfect the way it is, without some stupid, cinematic bullshit version of it re-contextualizing it for James Franco fans. There's just no real story to tell as far as I can see. The story is the melody.
April 10, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST
by American Mythos
April 10, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST
April 10, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST
you will be slapped on the wrist for trolling and find them removed, apparently. I never asked to be your mountain...
April 10, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST
I mean I guess he basically plays Jeff Buckley every day of his life already...
April 10, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST
what happened to that one about kurt cobain. oh..wait....courteney.....of course....
April 13, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST
I always though that a biopic of them, tim Burkley the father na dJeff Burkley the son, would be a movie that woulds tell the story of both shown in paralel, like how it was done in THE GODFATHER PART II.
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