Yoko Ono has linked up with big time Hollywood producer Michael De Luca to create a romance film. About what you ask? Well, it is centered on her relationship with John Lennon. Obviously. The late Beatles musician was gunned down in New York City on December 8, 1980 by David Chapman. And, leaving a legacy that lives on till this day, Ono and De Luca believe the time is right to tell their story.
Anthony McCarten of Theory of Everything fame will be writing the screenplay, as well as doubling his efforts as a producer for the feature. He will link up with De Luca and Josh Bratman behind the scenes. All while the studio aims to secure casting and shooting dates for production.
John & Yoko Were Pioneers In The Protest Movement
Before the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter or the Women's March were ever conceived, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were protesting the Vietnam War. All in hopes of preaching love and peace around the world. Considered something of pioneers before their time, the celebrity couple were out front on social issues. Even if they came under incredible corporate pressure to focus on their art and avoid politics altogether.
Producer De Luca gave an outline of a synopsis for the movie: “The story will focus on ripe and relevant themes of love, courage and activism in the U.S. — with the intention of inspiring today’s youth to stand up for and have a clear vision for the world they want. I am also honored and privileged to be working with Yoko Ono, Anthony McCarten and Josh Bratman to tell the story of two amazing global icons.”
De Luca was the man behind the 2010 drama The Social Network, the Tom Hanks thriller Captain Phillips and Moneyball. His involvement in the yet-to-be-named title should attract a strong cast to retell the love story.
Beatles Stay Box Office Gold For Hollywood
Ron Howard's 2016 rockumentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week might have only managed a $12.2m at the theaters from a limited release, but the fans and critics agreed that it was filmmaking at it's best. Maintaining a rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, the feature illustrated how commercially popular the band remains. Despite the passing of time.
The movie though was not without it's controversy. Howard and the studio had to respond to a lawsuit filed against the team after they used footage of a Beatles concert at Shea Stadium concert in 1965. Fortunately for the director it was rejected out of hand, but indicates how the rights to their IP is fraught with legal danger.