While Vernon would never go for it, the eclectic, crazy-haired musician has a biopic-worthy talent and life. Bon Iver is the alter-ego and the brainchild of Justin Vernon. He is a member of the bands Volcano Choir, The Shouting Matches, and Gayngs. He was also named “one of the baddest white boys on the planet” by Kanye West, which sort of makes you biopic worthy in general.
Vernon not only has an incredible knack for writing beautiful and heartbreaking songs, but he’s a pretty interesting guy. One of the most interesting parts of Vernon’s life to depict in a biopic might be when he pulled a Thoreau when the bad news started piling up. Prior to 2008, his band of the time was splitting up, Vernon and his girlfriend had called it quits, and he was bed-ridden sick with mononucleosis and having trouble with his liver. He was lost, confused, broke, and contemplating quitting music.
So he resorted to his father’s cabin in the woods of Medford, Wisconsin for three months. Alone.
During his hibernation and solitude, For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver’s debut album, was created. Most of the tracks were recorded by Vernon alone in this cabin.
I don’t know about you, but I think it would be fascinating to watch a cinematic interpretation of Vernon’s time in his cabin and see what went behind the creation of Bon Iver’s hauntingly beautiful debut album. It could have an “Into the Wild” feel with a music element. I can’t see Vernon really being down for biopic about his months spent in solitude, being the sort of private guy with the tendency to disappear that he is, but I definitely think it would be worth watching.