21, 2010) SMUGGLER FILMS Penn Badgley will star as Jeff
Buckley in 'Greetings from Tim Buckley.' Now in preproduction,
the film will start shooting in August under the direction
of Dan Algrant (Naked in New York). Algrant
wrote the script with Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel.
from Tim Buckley' follows the true story of the days leading
up to Jeff Buckleys eminent 1991 performance at
his fathers tribute concert in St. Anns Church.
Through a romance with a young woman working at the concert,
he comes to understand the father who abandoned him.
in a cathartic performance of his fathers most famous
songs, Jeffs debut stuns the audience and launches
his career as one of the greatest young musicians of his
25-year-old Badgley has been acting more more than a decade
and is best known for his role in the hit WB series Gossip
Said Badgley in a statement, To play a man who was
singularly gifted as an artist, greatly misunderstood
and mythologized as a human being
very special and sacred. Im going to give all I
can to this project.
Buckley made nine studio albums before he died at 28 in
1977, after a drug overdose. Jeff Buckley died at 30 in
1997, in an accidental drowning.
in New York City is tentatively set for August.
overview of the original concert in Brooklyn can be seen
- Dan Algrant, David Brendel and Emma Sheanshang
films producers are Patrick Milling Smith of Smuggler
Films, Fred Zollo of A-Z Prods. and John N. Hart of Second
Chance Prods. The executive producers are Brian Carmody,
Jill Footlick and Ben Limberg. The Director of Photography
is Andrij Parekh, who also shot Blue Valentine
and Half Nelson.
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