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Jeff Buckley Movie: Late Rocker Getting Biopic

First Posted: 04/11/11 12:42 PM ET Updated: 06/11/11 06:12 AM ET

Jeff Buckley

A new film is set to tackle the tragically short, enigmatic life of singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley. Hallelujah.

Deadline reports that Jake Scott, music video director and helmer of the hit "Welcome to the Rileys," has signed on to direct the Buckley biopic, with the mid-90's rocker's song rights purchased as part of an all-encompassing package.

Buckley, a barnstorming and session musician in the early 90's, released the seminal album "Grace" in 1994. A quiet man who shunned celebrity, he spent two years touring in support of the beloved record, before beginning the recording of what was to be his next album, "My Sweetheart The Drunk."

It was never released as Buckley envisioned; in 1997, while re-recording tracks for the album, Buckley drowned after going for a swim in Wolf River of Tennessee.

Subsequently, the recordings that did exist were released under the name "Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk." He's perhaps best known for his cover of the Leonard Cohen song, "Hallelujah."

For more, click over to Deadline.

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