A Jeff Buckley biopic is set to enter production this year

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A Jeff Buckley biopic is set to enter production this year

Words by Will Brewster

The film will star Reeve Carney and is set to be directed by Orian Williams.

A film centred around the life and career of ’90s alternative icon Jeff Buckley has been confirmed for development this year, as reported by Variety. 

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Titled Everybody Here Wants You, the film will mark the directorial debut of Orian Williams, who previously produced the 2007 Ian Curtis biopic Control and has acted as producer on the upcoming film Creation Stories, which stars Trainspotting’s Ewan Bremner as Creation Records (My Bloody Valentine, Oasis) founder Alan McGee.

Actor and musician Reeve Carney has also been confirmed to assume the role of Buckley in the biopic, which is purported to start filming sometime this Spring via Culmination Productions.

Everybody Here Wants You will be produced by Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert and Alison Raykovich, who currently manages the Buckley estate and acts as VP of Jeff Buckley Music. The film has also been granted full support from the Buckley estate, and as such, will be allowed full access to his music for use throughout the film.

“This will be the only official dramatization of Jeff’s story which I can promise his fans will be true to him and to his legacy,” Guibert said of Everybody Here Wants You in a statement shared today.

“Thankfully, my determination to assemble all the right participants, no matter how long it took, is about to culminate in the best way possible.”

The son of ’70s folk troubadour Tim Buckley, Jeff rose to the spotlight in 1994 with the release of his debut album Grace, which featured singles such as ‘Last Goodbye’, ‘Lover, You Should Have Come Over’ and ‘Hallelujah’. The acclaimed singer and virtuosic guitarist passed away in 1997 after drowning in the Mississippi River at the age of 30, with his unfinished posthumous sophomore album Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk being released the following year.

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