Seattle Highways: HBO picks up long-awaited Kurt Cobain documentary, ‘Montage of Heck’


HBO’s long-winding sonic highway has this year focused on Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, but the success of the music documentary series may have cleared the path for his former Nirvana bandmate, Kurt Cobain.

Billboard reports today that the cable network has picked up director Brett Morgen’s “long-gestating” documentary on Kurt Cobain, and has planned for a 2015 broadcast.

The doc is called Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which apparently takes its name from a mixtape th musician made in the 1988, which was recently unearthed for the internet to devour. Morgen has been working on the film since 2007, and it reportedly features cooperation from Cobain’s family, pulled from 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, various Cobain art projects, and 4,000 pages of his writings. The documentary could be a mix of animation and live footage, dramatizations, and interviews.


Frances Bean Cobain, the late musician’s daughter with Courtney Love, is an executive producer on the project along with Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music and Talking Heads’ David Byrnes, the publication reports.

Here’s more from Billboard on this pretty exciting development:

It is the first documentary to be made with the cooperation of Cobain’s family and will include never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork and photography, plus material from his personal archives, family archives and songbooks. The film features dozens of Nirvana songs and performances as well as previously unheard Cobain originals.Cobain committed suicide 20 years ago at the age of 27.


Two years ago, when Morgen was promoting his Rolling Stones film Crossfire Hurricane, he described the Cobain film as a mix of animation and live action that he hoped would be the equivalent of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” for a new generation. In HBO’s announcement of the film, Morgen did not discuss the structure of the film nor how the content would be presented.

Stay tuned…