Published on April 3rd, 2012 | by Alan Cross18
Wait: Tom Cruise as an Older Kurt Cobain?
One of the hoariest movies from the early 70s was A Star Is Born, starring Babs Streisand and Kris Kirstofferson (which itself was third or fourth reincarnation of the story, the most famous being Frederic March and Janet Gaynor).
Unable to leave well enough along, Clint Eastwood is having another go at it with a project starring Beyonce and, apparently, Tom Cruise.
The story goes like this: older dude helps young starlet gets famous. Yes, it’s pretty much the same thing as The Artist.
The scriptwriter on the project is Will Fetters. His spin on the story is to involve a Rock God. Specifically, someone in the vein of Kurt Cobain.
“I think I’ve reinvented the Norman Maine character, the lead. I wanted to do A Star is Born because I’m a huge Kurt Cobain fan. That was like my Kennedy assassination when I was a teenager. When he died it was a huge horrible thing. So I approached A Star is Born, for me the framework was all right, if Kurt Cobain never got to go Unplugged and survived and it’s 20 years later and it’s now, and he wanted to try to do that album with that understanding as this grunge icon. That’d be tough to get done if he was past his prime, no longer selling, how does he get that album?”
And yes, the hope is that this Cobain-like character will be played by Tom Cruise. Please don’t let him sing.