Jeff Buckley Biopic On Its Way: A Selection of His Music and Interview

by Sophia Savage
April 11, 2011 5:42 AM
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Jeff Buckley will get his biopic, and it will come via director Jake Scott (director of Welcome to the Rileys, and many rock music videos, including U2, The Smashing Pumpkins, REM & Radiohead). Michelle Sy and Orian Williams are serving as producers, and Buckley's mother, Mary Guilbert, is executive producing, with financing coming from financier Amy Vaughan King. Buckley was an influential musician and son of folk singer Tim Buckley, though he only released one studio album, Grace (1994), before he tragically died in 1997 when he accidentally drowned in the Wolf River Harbour channel of the Mississippi River. At the time, he had been working on his second album. This production has the rights to Buckley's music and has optioned David Browne's book Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley. The plan is to kick off production this fall.

Enjoy a selection of Buckley's heartbreaking songs below as we wait to see who will star in this long-awaited project. (No one looks more like Buckley than James Franco, but he's got a lot on his plate.) Here is a 1994 interview between Buckley and Interview Magazine, in which he says:

"Words are really beautiful, but they're limited. Words are very male, very structured. But the voice is the netherworld, the darkness, where there's nothing to hang on to. The voice comes from a part of you that just knows and expresses and is. I need to inhabit every bit of a lyric, or else I can't bring the song to you--or else it's just words."
A 60 minute documentary was made about Buckley in 2004, Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley, by directors Nyla Bialek Adams and Laurie Trombley.






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5 Comments

  • Koto | April 13, 2011 5:20 AMReply

    >How about Jim Sturgess? He’s a lovely singer. And he does American.

    Thanks for the comment.Although I think both are different type of musicians,I agree Jim is good choice for this role.Jim is a fantastic actor and awesome singer.

    (FYI..Here is [Show Reel]Fantastic video of compilation of the BEST OF JIM's work,including criminally overlooked his finest performances in FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING and HEARTLESS.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmpeAT4hXwc

    here is a video clip from Across the Universe.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svfk1flMbgg)

  • Anne Thompson | April 11, 2011 7:23 AMReply

    How about Jim Sturgess? He's a lovely singer. And he does American.

  • Anne Thompson | April 11, 2011 7:22 AMReply

    Ideally, it would be someone who could sing. That is NOT one of Franco's many talents.

  • Remy | April 11, 2011 7:01 AMReply

    Looking at that picture, it's impossible not to think that James Franco is about to add another project to his very busy schedule.

  • Dixon Steele | April 11, 2011 6:13 AMReply

    Love his haunting LILAC WINE, so memorable featured in the great French thriller TELL NO ONE.

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