'The Last Beat' supposedly to do for Morrison what 'Last Days' did for Kurt Cobain
A drama inspired by the last days of The Doors frontman Jim Morrison is set to be made.
The Last Beat – written and set to be directed by indie director Robert Saitzyk – is to follow the path of Gus Van Sant‘s Kurt Cobain-inspired Last Days in circumventing legal issues by only basing the lead character on The Doors frontman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Last Beat will feature a Morrison-like character called Jay Douglas – a famous American rock star prominent in the early ’70s. The film will follow his last days as he, according to the makers, “navigates his relationships with two women in Paris – a glamorous French Countess named Clemence and his California “soulmate” Valerie Eason“.
The real Morrison lived in Paris in 1971, making his last recordings with street musicians, and died of what’s come to be accepted as a heroin overdose in the bathtub of Pamela Courson – the “California soulmate” Valerie Eason of the movie. However, conspiracy theories concerning his death still circulate to this day.
Shawn Andrews, star of Saitzyk‘s debut feature After The Flood, is set to star.
It’s been almost 20 years since Oliver Stone made The Doors, which starred Val Kilmer as Morrison. It attracted praise and criticism in equal measure, often straying from the facts of Morrison‘s life. Tom De Cillo‘s 2009 documentary When You’re Strange is seen by many as a much more accurate account.