Chris Cornell Biopic On-Hold After Recent Revelations Film Not Authorized by Cornell’s Estate


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Chris Cornell Performing [Photo by Roger Woolman, 19 June 2003, from Wikicommons]

By Drew Datillo

Chris Cornell, the late iconic frontman who led grunge-rock music with his band Soundgarden through the 1990s alongside many other icons, might soon have his own film. 

Black Days, the biopic from Road Rage Films LLC revolving around 1990s Grunge icon Chris Cornell, has begun production and is set to start filming in September 2020. The official website states that the film will cover “The story of Grunge icon Chris Cornell, from the early years of Seattle to his untimely death.”, and that it is currently in production. The film is starring actor John Holiday as Chris Cornell. Unfortunately, it has recently been revealed that the making of the film was not authorized by Chris Cornell’s estate, and it is unclear whether production will continue as of now. 

Cornell formed Soundgarden in 1984, and broke into the Seattle Grunge scene soon after. With a powerful voice and intense guitar-playing in his arsenal, Cornell made a name for himself and his band within Seattle, and soon, the whole world with songs such as Black Hole Sun

After his musical journey with Soundgarden that lasted over a decade, Cornell pursued other projects such as the supergroup Audioslave, as well as releasing his own material. By 2017, Cornell was regarded as one of the most influential musicians to modern alt-rock of all time, he also had a wife of thirteen years and three children and was loved exponentially both by his friends and family and his fans. Sadly on May 18 2017, Cornell took his own life. It isn’t confirmed why exactly he took his life, but Cornell was known for speaking about depression and mental illness throughout his career. 

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