Biopics in rush to sing Jeff Buckley’s praises

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(From The Independent) His accidental death by drowning, aged 30, robbed music of its brightest new star. But the cult of Jeff Buckley, whose body was discovered on the banks of the Mississippi in 1997, will go mainstream this year with three biopics competing to tell the story of the ethereal singer who released just one tantalising album – Grace.

Brad Pitt and Sir Ridley Scott’s son Jake are among those battling to bring Buckley, whose cascading melodies and emotional falsetto voice influenced artists including Radiohead and Coldplay, to the screen.

Jake Scott hoped that his film, Mystery White Boy, would be the “official” version. The music video director has the exclusive rights to Buckley’s music and personal archives, including permission from Sony Music to use “Hallelujah”, the singer’s show-stopping version of Leonard Cohen’s song, which he included in Grace.

Mary Guibert, Buckley’s mother, is executive producer and will be played in the film by Patricia Arquette.

However, reports suggest that Scott has been bumped from the film in favour of a new director, Amy Berg.

Reeve Carney, star of the U2-composed Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, was due to take the lead role, but he too may be replaced.

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