Chris Cornell, the grunge rock star who died of suicide in May 2017 at age 52, is getting a documentary based on his life.
Brad Pitt and Peter Berg via Berg’s Film 45, are producing a documentary on the Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog frontman, and Berg (“Deepwater Horizon,” “Lone Survivor”) will also direct, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. They did not provide any additional comment.
Representatives for Cornell’s estate did not immediately respond for comment.
Cornell was honored with a tribute concert called “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” in Los Angeles in January, which featured performances by his Soundgarden and Audioslave bandmates, as well as his contemporaries from Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and others including Miley Cyrus, Metallica, Fiona Apple, Brandi Carlile and Chris Stapleton. Pitt was also in attendance at the concert.
Cornell was born in Seattle and founded Soundgarden in 1984, the band that was known as one of the preeminent grunge rock acts in the early 1990s. After the band broke up in 1997, Cornell formed Audioslave with the former members of Rage Against the Machine, and he also performed solo. Cornell was part of the grunge supergroup Temple of the Dog, which featured members of Pearl Jam.
Cornell won three Grammys in his career and was nominated for 16. He also was nominated for a Golden Globe for a song he wrote for the film “Machine Gun Preacher,” and he wrote the theme song for the James Bond movie “Casino Royale.”
Berg is next directing the crime drama and mystery “Wonderland,” reuniting him with Mark Wahlberg for their fifth film together.
Variety was first to report.