Beatles Songs Provide 'Love' For Screenplay
"All You Need Is Love," a film that will utilize the songs of the Beatles to propel its romantic plot, will be brought to the big screen by Revolution Studios."All You Need Is Love," a film that will utilize the songs of the Beatles to propel its romantic plot, will be brought to the big screen by Revolution Studios. Veteran British writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, whose credits include the hit musical "The Commitments," will write the screenplay.
"Love" is a love story about a British boy and an American girl set against the backdrop of the social upheaval of the 1960s. Although not about the Fab Four, the musical will use their songs to drive the narrative, with the actors singing and dancing to the classic tunes. The filmmakers are in negotiations to secure re-recording rights for the project, set to feature 17-18 Beatles songs.
"We are basically doing what 'Mamma Mia' did with ABBA -- re-recording with different artists," says producer Matthew Gross. "It's a wonderful project, and there seems to be a resurgence of interest in the Beatles. [Clement and La Frenais] knew George [Harrison] and Ringo [Starr] personally and have come up with a great story. We wanted to create a story that stood entirely on its own merits. Even without the music, their story is dramatic, moving and powerful. That being said, no matter what we wanted to convey in a scene, there was always a Beatles song available to help us push the narrative and emotional beats forward."
Clement and La Frenais, who first teamed in the '60s on such swingin' London titles as "The Jokers" and "Otley," have written dozens of movies, including two films for Harrison, whose Handmade Films produced 1985's "Water" and 1983's "Bullshot," both of which Clement directed.
"Everyone loves the Beatles," Clement said. "No matter how old or young someone is, where they're from or what they're background is, the music is universal."
Added La Frenais, "Everyone has a memory associated with the Beatles. Whether it was your first kiss or the first time you saw that girl standing across from you at the high school dance, chances are that the DJ was playing a Beatles song."
The news comes on the heels of an announcement that Cirque du Soleil is creating a theatrical production utilizing Beatles songs at Las Vegas' Mirage hotel-casino. That show is a joint production with the Beatles' Apple Corps., and will be developed with Paul McCartney, Starr, and Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, respective widows of late members John Lennon and Harrison.
Clement and La Frenais are also collaborating with AC/DC's Brian Johnson on a Broadway musical. They recently wrote the screenplay for the upcoming "Flushed Away" for DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations that is in production. Their credits also include the classic British TV series "Porridge" and "Auf Widersehen, Pet."