It has recently been revealed that Jake Scott, director of Plunkett & Macleane and Welcome to the Rileys, is working on a Jeff Buckley biopic, probably to be called Mystery White Boy after Buckley’s posthumous live album.
Should you not know Buckley, or his music, this is how I would like to introduce him, or perhaps just jog your memory:
It was reported that Ryan Jaffe for the biopic will be writing the screenplay for Scott’s movie, but as yet, all other details are under wraps.
In a new interview, Robert Pattinson has dropped a pretty big hint that he’s associated with the project. This comes from Inquirer:
Robert revealed details on another matter that has been drawing a lot of speculation—that he is playing Jeff Buckley in a biopic about the singer-songwriter who drowned in 1997. “I met his mom who’s really great,” he said of Mary Guibert, executive producer of the film reportedly going to be directed by “Welcome to the Rileys” director Jake Scott. That Robert talked to Mary indicate that both are at least exploring the idea. “I don’t know,” he said, then hinted, “It’s really not up to me. I love Jeff’s music. He was amazing.”
I’d imagine it’s his to turn down, at this stage.
In the same article, the interviewer gets the best info yet on young Mr. Pattinson’s intention to write a screenplay, something somehow derived from some mysterious Lillian Hellman work or another. The article reads:
Robert clarified that his screenplay project is not based on one of Lillian’s novels. “It’s just something Lillian Hellman wrote.” Laughing again, he said, “I can’t really say what it is.”
Not a novel isn’t such a clue, seeing as Hellman was principally a playwright, but “it’s just something Lillian Hellman wrote” does make it seem like something a touch more obscure, something from the grey area that stretches from plays and novels down to shopping lists and christmas cards. I don’t know anything about them, but Hellman did say in an interview that she wrote “short stories, a few poems” before plays. I’d expect this is likely to be where Pattinson found his source material.
He says that he might go the Wentworth Miller route and adopt a nom de plume:
The more scripts you read and the more movies you see get made … you think, what’s the point in just producing something when you feel you can write something? I used to write all the time when I was younger … I will probably write under a pseudonym, because otherwise everyone will just tear me apart immediately.
Mr. Pattinson will soon go into production on Cosmopolis, the David Cronenberg adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel. His final Twilight two-parter, Breaking Dawn, may still be wrapping up, but the sparkly pin-up vampire seems to be arranging some break-away, grand escape gigs to roll right on into. Good on him.