Following the widely praised (with the exception of Buzz Osborne) Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck, Benjamin Statler crafted his own conspiracy theorist docudrama on the Nirvana frontman titled Soaked in Bleach, which will now see its theatrical release in the UK.
Despite the police report that states Cobain died in April 1994 due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Statler is convinced Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, had a larger part in the singer's passing. Although his death occurred over two decades ago, the details of the crime remain a mystery to most. Rumors have spiraled into endless conspiracy theories--one of the largest being that Love prematurely plotted the death of her husband. Previous documentaries have highlighted the morose theories including 1998's Kurt & Courtney.
Named after lyrics in fan-favorite Nevermind hit, "Come As You Are," Soaked in Bleach will see its release on DVD and exclusive theaters in the UK starting in Autumn of 2015.
Tyler Bryan will take on the role of an angsty Cobain while Sarah Scott will portray his wife and mother of his child, Love. Daniel Rosebuck will act as the private detective supposedly hired by Love to track down Cobain prior to his death, Tom Grant. The reenacted dramatizations will be spliced together with interviews concerning attorney Rosemary Carroll and Grant, notes NME.
Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain had significant involvement in the Brett Morgen directed Montage of Heck, giving Morgen access to Cobain's personal journals, archives and anecdotes. Naturally, Love petitioned for a Cease & Desist to halt the theatrical screenings of Soaked in Bleach. After receiving a letter from Love's legal team, the film producers forwarded a statement to Deadline, stating, "We were disturbed to learn that Courtney Love's lawyers sent threatening letters to movie theaters all over the country. Most arrived before Soaked in Bleach was released last week, presumably before she or her lawyers ever saw it. She obviously hoped to scare theater owners into dropping the film. Thankfully, very few were intimidated. Most saw the letter for what it is - a cowardly attack on the rights of free speech, free expression and free choice."