Jeff Buckley

Given the singer's immense talent, impeccable good looks and untimely tragic death, drowning in the Mississippi River at the age of thirty, it's surprising it took this long for a Jeff Buckley biopic to get off the ground. But now director Jake Scott is set to helm a new film about the influential singer-songwriter's life. Buckley's own mother, Mary Guibert, is also slated to be executive producer, which seems like a smart idea in terms of getting the all the details right.

No actors are currently attached to the project, though Robert Pattinson is strongly rumored to be starring. While we're against the idea of a vampiric teen idol filling the role, Buckley's mom sure isn't. According to Guibert, "Robert is a fine young actor. I'm flattered he's been linked to this project. When the time comes we'll give everybody an opportunity to be seen and heard." It's also been noted that Pattinson can sing, play guitar, and has even contributed to the Twilight soundtrack before. But just the idea of conflating Pattinson's musical output with, say, something as emotive and influential as Grace, is enough to make even the most casual Buckley fan want to hurl themselves into a river. For the sake of this film, can't James Franco learn how to lip sync?

Commentarium (4 Comments)

Apr 11 11 - 1:12pm
Pekoe Jane

Please not Robert Pattinson or James Franco. Both overexposed and short on talent. Maybe they can find someone new to play Buckley.

Apr 11 11 - 1:17pm

I remember for years there was supposed to be a Tim Buckley biopic. Tim was Jeff's dad. Nothing ever came of that.

Apr 12 11 - 12:36am

Hmm. You reference Pattinson's alleged musical abilities. After having accidentally hearing them, my conclusion: just because Pattinson *can* play guitar/sing, doesn't mean he *should* (shudder).

Jeff Buckley was above all a very humorous guy, despite the Byron/Keats comparisons. The worst thing in the world for his legacy would be to hire some earnest guy who misses the point. I think his greatest fear would be to be remembered as this tragic, fragile thing. Former JBELers, am I right?

Apr 13 11 - 11:24am

First of all, no one will EVER be able to sing like Jeff Buckley, so if any word comes out that they're taking the Val Kilmer/Joaquin Phoenix route and having Pattinson sing, then this must be stopped.

Second of all, Buckley's not exactly a household name any more-I feel making him back into one with the chiseled "hunk du jour" would be a real misstep. My vote goes for an unknown.