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Courtney Love Has Zero Involvement In Production of Kurt Cobain Documentary

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HBO and Universal Pictures are putting the finishing touches on the first authorized documentary on the late Kurt Cobain, but it seems that the one-time Mrs. Cobain has had no involvement on the film.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Courtney Love was “muscled” out of any contribution, with the studio opting to work with Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Love and Cobain.  “We [all] agreed that because Courtney was a subject in the film, it would be best if she wasn’t given editorial control,” said director Brett Morgen.

It was Love, however, who first approached Morgen about putting a documentary together. “She gave me the keys to this kingdom and final cut of the film,” he said, adding, “Courtney brought me into the world, and the film would not exist if she hadn’t reached out to me.” The director was given access to a huge archive from both Love and Francis Bean, who inherited a large chunk of her late father’s belongings. She is also listed as an executive producer on the film.

The film, ‘Montage of Heck,’ features rare and unseen footage and photos as well as Nirvana music, including previously unheard Cobain originals. It is set to make its debut at Sundance in January, followed by a theatrical release. Love, however, may not be first in line for a screening. “She hasn’t seen the movie. I’m not sure she’s intending to.”

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