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

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 11, 2011 at 5:42AM

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.
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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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.