11/25/2014

Coming Attractions: Joni Says 'No', Cobains Say 'Yes'

Last year we commented on a rumor that Taylor Swift was to play Joni Mitchell in an upcoming biopic. Well, it turns out it was more than a rumor: the pop songstress was indeed chosen to play the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer [class of '97] on the big screen in an adaptation of Girls Like Us, a book written by Sheila Weller which focuses on the influence of Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon. The great John Sayles was hired as screenwriter with Kate Jacobs set to direct.

But Mitchell put the kibosh on the project. "I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones.' It's just a lot of gossip, you don't have the great scenes."

Meanwhile, HBO will air Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, an authorized documentary about the late Nirvana frontman which has the blessing of Cobain's family, in 2015. Montage of Heck was written, directed and produced by Oscar-nominee Brett Morgen.

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