John Lennon Biopic Titled Nowhere Boy Being Developed
by Alex Billington
August 29, 2008
Last year we saw I'm Not There, a biopic on Bob Dylan, as well as Control, a biopic on Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Newly in production this year is a biopic on Beatles singer John Lennon titled Nowhere Boy. Like Control before it, this film is being directed by a "visual artist" named Sam Taylor-Wood and will feature a script even written by Control screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh. The story will focus on Lennon's childhood and subsequent journey to Beatles fame. The script details "the story of Lennon as a lonely teenager growing up as his aunt and the mother who gave him up fight for his love. His only escape is music, art and his fateful friendship with Paul McCartney." Sounds potentially good.
Casting for Nowhere Boy is currently underway and the film will shoot on location in Lennon's hometown of Liverpool. Director Sam Taylor-Wood commented saying "the women in John's early life truly shaped who he became and the strengths and weaknesses of their relationships are central to this film." I'm concerned that this is going to be a mix of Control and Across the Universe, which really puts me on edge. Both films were quite bad and as much as I love the Beatles, it's hard to get interested in this kind of biopic when I have a feeling that it's going to end up like Control again. However, I'll reserve my judgment until I see some actual footage or hear more about it's direction. Any Beatles fans interested in this biopic?