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Courtney Love Writing Nirvana Musical?

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She hasn’t released an album in a couple of years, but that doesn’t mean Courtney Love isn’t busy — in fact, if one recent report is correct, she’s getting ready to revisit Kurt Cobain‘s legacy with a musical inspired by his early years in Nirvana.

The news was broken, oddly enough, by Britney Spears‘ former manager Sam Lufti, who revealed Love’s plans in the Los Angeles courtroom where he’s involved in a defamation case against Spears’ mother Lynne.

It’s a little hard to understand how court proceedings went from Lynne Spears to Kurt Cobain, but Contactmusic quotes Lufti as saying he and Love “are currently working on a possible motion picture or Broadway musical based on the Nirvana catalogue, based on her life and Kurt Cobain’s.”

It’s wise to take this news with a grain of salt for all sorts of reasons — not the least of which is the fact that Love was recently forced to hand over the rights to Cobain’s name, likeness and image to their daughter Frances Bean, thanks to the terms of a $2.75 million loan Love took against Frances’ trust in 2010. And even if that doesn’t prove a legal barrier on the project’s journey to the stage and screen, the whole thing seems unlikely given Love’s sporadic output over the last 15 years or so — not to mention the sheer incongruity of Nirvana’s music getting the Broadway treatment. On the other hand, there is a ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ sitcom on the way, so you never know.

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