Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Broadway Ain't Noise Pollution

There is an article at billboard.com about a movie that features Beatles music. Here's a little bit from that article:

"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."


But wait, that isn't the best part. This is toward the end of the article:

"Clement and La Frenais are also collaborating with AC/DC's Brian Johnson on a Broadway musical."
That sounds amazing.

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