I actually am paying attention to the number of signs, and it's been about a month since the last one. But this is most definitely some of the scariest news I've read in some time. Today's Hollywood Reporter has a story that starts with the following sentence: "The WB Network is developing an original movie about the life of 1990s rock icon Kurt Cobain." The same story later quotes Sr. VP of original movies Tana Nugent Jamieson. "'The day Kurt Cobain died was the day music died for a generation,' she said. 'His story is perfect for our audience.'"
Now I'm as big a fan of "the Frog" as your average 15-year-old girl, if not my own 32-year-old male demo, and the network can only wish that my household would be given a People Meter. I DiVo Gilmore Girls, Everwood and Smallville, and I so far have been unable to convince my girlfriend to stop watching One Tree Hill, but this is just so wrong. The best way to bastardize Cobain's story is to make it into your standard TV movie. The best way to make it even cheaper and cheesier is to try to make it hip and edgy, but wind up creating something that looks like The Heights meets Dawson's Creek. And don't think I'm kidding about Chad Michael Murray. The WB is known for cultivating young "talent," creating a pseudo old-fashioned studio system by using its discoveries on all their shows. Murray started on the Creek, appeared with the Girls, took a test-drive of Silver in the attempt to recreate The Lone Ranger, and he's now the king of the Hill. If it's not him, I'm sure James Van Der Beek would kill for the role. Literally.
But casting aside, this is bad bad news for any Nirvana, Cobain or music fan. Could a movie be made? Probably. Should it be made for The WB? Hell no! In fact, if anyone other than an actual filmmaker with music credentials takes this on, absolutely every TV entity should stay away from taking on this story. That means you MTV and VH1. I saw that fake-ass Real World movie, and I still haven't forgiven you.