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Jeff Buckley Pic Rivalry Heats As Broadway Spidey Reeve Carney Commits To Star

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark star Reeve Carney has signed on to play Jeff Buckley in the untitled film about the late musician that Welcome to the Rileys helmer Jake Scott is putting together for a November shoot. Carney, who performed the Bono/The Edge-penned Spider-Man single Rise Above 1 at the American Idol finale, will do all the singing to bring to life the music of Buckley, who was just getting started as a solo artist when he drowned at age 30.

Considering that Buckley had only released a single album when he died in 1997 after getting caught in the wake of a passing boat in Tennessee’s Wolf River, it seems amazing that there are not one but three feature films about him. The first one to start production will be Greetings From Tim Buckley, the Dan Algrant-directed indie film that starts a four-week shoot Monday in Brooklyn. Conventional wisdom that the first film out of the gate wins doesn’t necessarily apply here; these two projects tell very different stories about Buckley. Scott is making a biopic, while Greetings From Tim Buckley stars Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley as a pre-fame Jeff Buckley who reconnects with his estranged father Tim by singing at a tribute concert for his folk-singer dad. In Algrant’s film, that short adventure forged Jeff Buckley’s own solo aspirations. The other Buckley film is called A Pure Drop and it is being mounted by Mad Bastards director Brendan Fletcher. The title comes from the book A Pure Drop: The Life of Jeff Buckley. Read More »

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Sundance-Bound ‘Mad Bastards’ Finds Distribution

By | Wednesday January 5, 2011 @ 2:03pm PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: I’m told the distribution deal for Mad Bastards will actually get made through Sundance Selects, a sister company to IFC Films, both owned by Rainbow Media Holdings.

EARLIER: Why wait until Sundance begins to start buying films, when you can make deals and not have to battle the snow? After breaking the story of Roadside’s acquisition of The Music Never Stopped, I’m told that IFC Films is in talks to acquire domestic on the Sundance-bound Mad Bastards, a hardscrabble road trip drama directed by Brendan Fletcher, about three generations of men in a rough and tumble family in Australia. Awaiting official confirmation of the deal, but below is a trailer from when the picture played at the Australian Film Festival:

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