“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” Director Says Courtney Love “Never Asked for Any Editorial Involvement”

Image Courtesy of Universal Music Group - Anton CorbijnBrett Morgen, the director of the upcoming Kurt Cobain documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, has clarified the remarks he made to The Hollywood Reporter regarding Courtney Love's involvement in the film.  She wasn't, as some may have concluded, barred from participating.

"[Love] never asked for any editorial involvement," Morgen tells Rolling Stone. "In today’s age, and particularly when making a film on a public figure, it is virtually unheard of to grant this kind of access to a filmmaker. And for that I will always be grateful. Any suggestion that Courtney was denied editorial involvement couldn’t be further from the truth. It was her idea to let me have control."

In the original THR article, Morgen says, "At a certain point, I started working more closely with [Frances Bean]," referring of course to Cobain and Love's daughter.  "We [all] agreed that because Courtney was a subject in the film, it would be best if she wasn't given editorial control."

Frances Bean is an executive producer on Montage of Heck. Morgen adds that Love "hasn't seen the movie" and says he's "not sure she's intending to."

"This film would not exist today without the support of Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain and [Cobain's mother] Wendy O’Connor," Morgen continues in his statement to Rolling Stone. "The trust that has been invested in me by Courtney, Frances, and Kurt’s immediate family has been crucial in allowing me to paint a portrait of Kurt that is both honest, unflinching, empathetic, and effecting. I look forward to sharing this film with audiences around the world in 2015."

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, followed by television and big-screen releases in 2015.

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