Jeff Buckley biopic incoming: someone alert James Franco


11th April 2011

Tragic music biopic gets the green light. Across Hollywood, the ears of every young white male actor with basic guitar skills prick up.

Deadline are reporting that a Jeff Buckley biopic is in the works, to be directed by Jake Scott (Welcome To The Rileys) and written by Ryan Jafef (er, Rainn Wilson comedy jalopy The Rocker). His life is a tragic tale indeed: born under the shadow of a rock star dad he never knew, he performed a smattering of heartfelt indie anthems and succumbed to an untimely death at age 30. Johnny Cash only wishes he died age 30: that's Oscar territory.

There's no point even discussing casting, because James Franco obviously already has this part in the bag, by virtue of actually travelling back in time and playing the part of Jeff Buckley's face throughout his entire career. Now that's dedication to a part.

As a Shiznit exclusive, I can guarantee the Jeff Buckley biopic will be called one of the following titles:

1. Mojo Pin (possibly still associated with Austin Powers)
2. Grace (possibly still associated with Will, gays)
3. Last Goodbye (a bit depressing)
4. Lilac Wine (doesn't really say 'I died in a river')
5. So Real (could be TOO real)
6. Hallelujah (ruined by Alexandra Burke)
7. Lover, You Should Have Come Over (save this for the porn parody)
8. Corpus Christi Carol (pretty unlikely this one)
9. Eternal Life (ding ding ding, we have a winner!)
10. Dream Brother (save this for the sequel: evil twin!)

Amidst all the hilarity above (wipe those tears of joy away), let's not forget that Jeff Buckley was bloody brilliant and is far more deserving of a biopic than, say, Justin fucking Bieber. Refresh your memory of his genius below and hope we get '127 Hours' Franco and not 'Your Highness' Franco.

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