The 2005 movie Last Days, which is loosely based on the late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, is being adapted into an opera. Last Days is written and directed by Gus Van Sant and is a fictionalized account of the last days involving the late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain.
Presenting the opera version of Last days is the Royal Opera House (ROH) in London. The opera version will be co-directed by Matt Copson and Anna Morrissey, and with music by ROH/Guildhall School Composer-in-Residence and Nirvana fan Oliver Leith.
This past Tuesday (April 5th), marked the 28th anniversary since the passing of the late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. Cobain was 27-years-old when he died. Along with the grunge movement, Cobain and Nirvana forever changed the musical landscape.
Cobain’s life and legacy has gone on to inspire a great plethora of films, mostly documentaries. Some documentaries that explore the life of Kurt Cobain are the 2015 documentaries, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and Soaked in Bleach.
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Along with his legacy inspiring documentaries, the Nirvana singer was also a powerful inspiration behind that of the latest Batman movie. In talking about his movie The Batman, writer and director Matt Reeves spoke to the influence Kurt Cobain had on his take of Bruce Wayne, and also brought up Gus Van Sant’s film Last Days:
“When I write, I listen to music, and as I was writing the first act, I put on Nirvana’s ‘Something in the Way,’” Batman director Matt Reeves told Empire in December. “That’s when it came to me that, rather than make Bruce Wayne the playboy version we’ve seen before, there’s another version who had gone through a great tragedy and become a recluse. So I started making this connection to Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, and the idea of this fictionalized version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor.”
Words by: Michael Pementel