Jeff Buckley’s story is one of tremendous talent, fuelled by incredible tragedy and ultimately ending in another. His life seemed to follow the fateful path of a predestined drama and now it is set to be transposed into one as producer Orian Williams embarks on his directorial debut with Everybody Here Wants You.
The biopic will see Reeve Carney, who sports an unbelievable likeness to Jeff Buckley, take on the role. The film also has received the full backing of the late singer’s estate with full music rights provided.
Tom Butterfield will be producing the picture for Culmination Prod. Studio’s, having paired up with Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert and Alison Rayovich (the manager of Buckley’s estate) to produce the most faithful movie possible.
Like many folk stars, including his later father Tim Buckley whom he only met once, Jeff’s life seemed to be forever entwined with tragedy and punctuated by beauty. His only album, 1994’s Grace, is a magnum opus that seemed to transcendent critical acclaim and commercial success to become the sort of album whereby both those tags seem almost vapid and redundant.
In a statement, Guibert announced: “This will be the only official dramatization of Jeff’s story which I can promise his fans will be true to him and to his legacy. Thankfully, my determination to assemble all the right participants, no matter how long it took, is about to culminate in the best way possible.”
Also joining the project is cinematographer Roberto Schaefer and producer Richard Story, president, commercial music group, Sony Music Entertainment.
In a statement, Richard Story announced: “Jeff Buckley was a once-in-a-lifetime artist whose music touched people’s hearts and changed their lives. Sony Music has been honoured to bring Jeff’s music to the world and now, ‘Everybody Here Wants You’ is providing a unique opportunity to introduce Jeff to a whole new generation of fans.”
Filming is set to commence in this autumn, with a release date likely in the back end of 2022.
You can check out Jeff Buckley’s iconic cover of the Leonard Cohen song Hallelujah, below.