The new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, directed by Brett Morgen, will contain a huge amount archival items from Cobain’s estate and a few never-before-heard songs but it will not contain the editorial vision of Courtney Love, even though her prompting kicked off the project.
“She gave me the keys to this kingdom and final cut of the film,” director Morgen told The Hollywood Reporter. He recounts that Love’s admiration of one of his previous works, the Robert Evans doc The Kid Stays in the Picture, was why she reached out to him in 2007.
But over the years, Morgen began working more closely with Cobain and Love’s daughter, Francis Bean, who became an executive producer on the film and allowed Morgen access to her archive of Cobain’s effects, too.
“We agreed that because Courtney was a subject in the film, it would be best if she wasn’t given editorial control,” Morgen said of her behind-the-scenes ouster from the project. He also confirmed that Love has not yet seen the final film.
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