Kurt Cobain Documentary Director Explains Dave Grohl's Absence From Film at Sundance

Kurt Cobain
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Kurt Cobain

Brett Morgen's Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck has all the subjects you'd expect: Cobain's widow Courtney Love, Cobain's parents and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic -- everyone except Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl.

Turns out Grohl was interviewed for the film, but not soon enough for the cut that received its world premiere Jan. 24 at Sundance Film Festival. Morgen interviewed Grohl in early January, too late to make this cut. But he did leave open the door that his footage could appear in other editions of the film, which premieres on HBO May 4.

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"We had a locked print and trying to re-edit a film with a new interview in 10 days is kind of difficult," Morgen said at the premiere at the Marc Theater. "This is the picture I wanted -- I didn't want there to be a lot of people in the film. I hope we'll see a version [with the Grohl interview] some time."

Prior to the screening, Morgen said the key for the film was Cobain and Love's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, who is among the executive producers of the film. "She is the glue -- the movie's for her," he said. "Frances and I share the exact same vision of what this should be. People associated with Nirvana, Dave and Krist, wanted to do this for Frances.