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Amy Berg Takes Over Jeff Buckley Film 'Mystery White Boy,' Reeve Carney May Be Out

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by Kevin Jagernauth
September 13, 2012 5:50 PM
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At one point this summer, the officially-sanctioned Jeff Buckley biopic "Mystery White Boy" was supposed to be shooting with "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" star Reeve Carney in the lead and Jake Scott directing, with Gemma Arterton, Olivia Thirlby, Harry Treadaway and Patricia Arquette all lining up for roles. And then...nothing. Well, it appears that not only has a new director come on board, but the project may also be looking for a new lead.

Over at Showbiz 411, Roger Friedman has dropped a pretty vague report revealing that "West Of Memphis" helmer Amy Berg is now in the director's chair, with claims that she "Bogarted" the job from Scott. What that exactly means we're not sure, but apparently she's a big fan of Buckley. As for Carney, he "could be out" but again, it's not clear why. Either way, Berg has been on a bit of a roll following her very well-received West Memphis Three doc; she also signed on to direct the thriller "Every Secret Thing" over the summer.

Penned by Ryan Jaffe ("The Rocker"), who used David Browne's book "Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley" to help shape the story, the film will not only chronicle the tale of the rocker who tragically died just as his career was about to explode into the stratosphere, but it will also have access to his catalog of music. But as many folks already know, there is another movie that just hit TIFF about the singer as well: "Greetings From Tim Buckley."

Our review is coming soon, but we will say that Penn Badgley (who Friedman notes he met outside of a Shake Shack once, for some reason) is very solid in the role, delivering a surprisingly strong approximation of Buckley's voice. It's a nice turn. And while that film is also a look at his father's life, it restricts the story to the events leading up to Jeff Buckley's performance at the tribute concert for his father Tim, still doing an adequate job paying tribute to both father and son.

As for "Mystery White Boy," we'll see where it goes. Undoubtedly, Berg knows how to bring real lives to the big screen, so it's in good hands. But how it moves forward from here is anyone's guess.

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  • Kat | March 27, 2014 1:33 AMReply

    I would also love to see Reeve Carney play Jeff. When I first saw him appear on American Idol with Bono and The Edge, my first thought was how much he reminded me of Jeff Buckley. Both so talented and handsome! He should absolutely portray Jeff. I will not bother watching any Jeff Buckley biopic with anyone other than Reeve Carney playing the role.

  • Sunday | November 17, 2012 3:01 AMReply

    There is NO ONE that can embody Jeff Buckley as Reeve can and MUST. I wouldn't see a movie about Jeff now if its not Reeve. I'm pissed reading this. James Franco is a great actor and I adore him, but Reeve sounds and lookalike Jeff. Gah!

  • mindy | December 16, 2012 7:56 PM

    I Agree 100% I feel the same way. Im so happy I didnt read this post on my bday (when u posted wouldve screwed up the day!) I only knew of Reeve from a song he did and I heard on a tv show. I had no clue that he was an actor but as soon as I heard the part was his I felt like it was fate and I hope that it still is.

  • LT | October 28, 2012 6:29 PMReply

    What a HUGE mistake it would be to let Reeve Carney go!! His resemblance to Jeff is unreal. The only other actor I would accept would be James Franco but there never seems to be any talk of the movie from him, sadly. The very thought of Robert Pattinson as Jeff makes me want to vomit.

  • chris | September 28, 2012 8:55 AMReply

    This movie will never happen.

  • Mina Panahy | September 14, 2012 3:11 PMReply

    I was so looking forward to Reeve Carney as Jeff Buckley. Even before the news of Reeve playing Jeff had come out, I saw the resemblance. I am fan of both men. I hope that Reevewill stay in the project.

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