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For a filmmaker, getting nominated for an Oscar is nirvana. Literally so, in the case of Oren Moverman. 'The Messenger,' which he directed and co-wrote, barely made a blip at the box office, but now that he's been nominated (along with Alessandro Camon) for Best Original Screenplay, the job offers are coming his way. First up: a chance to rewrite and direct a Kurt Cobain biopic for Universal.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Moverman is in talks to revise and direct David Benioff's screenplay about the Nirvana frontman. The project, which has been in development for several years, is being co-produced by Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, andis based on Charles R. Cross' biography of Cobain, 'Heavier Than Heaven.' For a filmmaker, getting nominated for an Oscar is nirvana. Literally so, in the case of Oren Moverman. 'The Messenger,' which he directed and co-wrote, barely made a blip at the box office, but now that he's been nominated (along with Alessandro Camon) for Best Original Screenplay, the job offers are coming his way. First up: a chance to rewrite and direct a Kurt Cobain biopic for Universal.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Moverman is in talks to revise and direct David Benioff's screenplay about the Nirvana frontman. The project, which has been in development for several years, is being co-produced by Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, and is based on Charles R. Cross' biography of Cobain, 'Heavier Than Heaven.'

Love's oversight of the project has had observers wondering if she'll really allow a warts-and-all portrayal of her late husband. Still, Moverman certainly knows the territory. He co-wrote (with director Todd Haynes) 'I'm Not There,' the impressionistic gloss on the life of Bob Dylan. He also explored heroin addiction in his screenplay for 'Jesus' Son.'

Benioff, who has specialized in movies about volatile heroes ('Brothers'; 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'; 'Troy'; '25th Hour'), first wrote a draft in 2007, based on Cross' book and Benioff's own interviews with Cobain's friends. According to Deadline Hollywood, his script was called 'All Apologies' and centered on the two days before Cobain's 1994 suicide, much like Gus Van Sant's fictionalized portrait of Cobain in 'Last Days.'

Over the years, various names have been rumored to be attached to the project, including 'Quantum of Solace' director Marc Forster (who had also worked with Benioff on 'Stay' and 'The Kite Runner') and actors James McAvoy and Kirsten Dunst. Last month, a thinly-sourced report in London's Daily Mirror claimed Love hoped to hire Ryan Gosling and Scarlett Johansson to play Cobain and herself.