Fresh off directing the HBO series “Sharp Objects”, Jean-Marc Vallee will next tackle the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Deadline is reporting that the Quebecois director of “Dallas Buyers Club” and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” is currently in negotiations to direct and edit the biopic, in addition to rewriting the script with Anthony McCarten. McCarten knows a thing or two about tackling real-life stories, having previously written the scripts for “The Theory Of Everything”, “Darkest Hour”, and the upcoming Queen movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
The project already has Ono’s blessing; the 85-year-old conceptual artist reportedly collaborated with McCarten on the story.
There are no details about which period of Lennon and Ono’s relationship will be covered in the film. The pair first met in 1966 and married in 1969, the year before the breakup of the Beatles. The couple had one child together, son Sean Lennon, in 1975. Despite a sometimes rocky marriage, the duo had long since reconciled at the time of Lennon’s murder in 1980 and had just finished recording the joint album Double Fantasy together.
The new biopic will mark Vallee’s first feature film since 2015’s “Demolition”, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
“We are all huge Beatles fans, and this is a dream come true,” Vallee’s producing partner, Nathan Ross, told Deadline. “There were inner and outer struggles John had, and family turmoil as a child, and things she had to endure before John’s tragic death. The thing we loved about the script was its stark honesty. You see so many biopic scripts where you can see that the co-operation of the subject’s family had something to do with the editorial, and that wasn’t the case here.”