Bruce Springsteen to Reportedly Consult on Film About the Making of 'Nebraska'

Director Scott Cooper is attached to the project about the singer-songwriter's seminal 1982 album

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jan 15, 2024

After appearing in the trailer for new Netflix "We Are the World" documentary The Greatest Night in Pop last week, Bruce Springsteen has reportedly signed on as a consultant for a feature film about the making of his 1982 seminal album Nebraska.

As sources told Showbiz411, Springsteen is said to be working with director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Black Mass) on the project.

Reports also speculate Austin Butler as a possible choice to play the lead role; however, having played Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS probably diminishes his chances. (Was he ever able to stop talking like that?) His Dune: Part Two costar Timothée Chalamet is reportedly not being considered because of his casting in James Mangold's Bob Dylan biopic, A Complete Unknown.

Well-known legend has it that the Nebraska demos were originally intended to be re-recorded and fleshed out as an E Street Band collection, but the collection of starkly emotional solo songs were instead released as the musician's sixth album. Springsteen recorded it on four-track tape from his bedroom in Colts Neck, NJ, inspired by a bout of depression and a screening of Terence Malick's 1973 classic film Badlands.

The timing of this news might not be coincidental to the fact that, last year, Warren Zanes published Deliver Me from Nowhere — a book centred on the making of Nebraska.

Springsteen is currently recovering from peptic ulcer disease, having rescheduled much of his 2023 North American tour with the E Street Band to later this year.

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