Friday, November 04, 2005

"Chapter 27": How to Encourage Murder

From the BBC:

Lindsay Lohan and Jared Leto are to star in an independent film set around the murder of John Lennon 25 years ago. Chapter 27, which will be shot in New York in January, is being described as a "psychological study" of the former Beatle's killer Mark Chapman. Lohan, last seen in Herbie: Fully Loaded, will take on a fictional role of a Lennon fan who befriends Chapman, played by Lord of War actor Leto. The parts of Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono have not yet been cast.

....The film is the first project from director Jarrett Schaeffer, who also wrote the script. It is being co-produced by Toronto-based Peace Arch Entertainment and 21 Grams film-maker Robert Salerno's company Artina Films.

"It's a psychological study," said Peace Arch's John Flock. "I wouldn't call it a sympathetic portrayal of him, but you do kind of get into Chapman's head." The film's title is said to be a reference to the 26 chapters in the JD Salinger novel The Catcher in the Rye, which Chapman said was an inspiration for the murder.
Well, this is offensive in about a million ways, but I'll settle for one of my pet causes: YOU SHOULDN'T GIVE ATTENTION TO PEOPLE WHO KILL CELBRITIES FOR ATTENTION! But I'm glad Lindsay is in the movie, poor girl.


agnes said...

I couldn't agree more. I sent an email to the producers expressing the same sentiments and Mr. Charlie Boyle assured me they do not intend to make chapman sympathetic. although I don't think he cares if he's protrayed as sympathetic or not, as long as they make a movie about him.

Jason Hartley said...

You're so right about that (Chapman just want any kind of attention). And nice job writing the producers.

carbonadam said...

I want to see the film. I disagree with those that feel it should not be made. Don't see it if you don't want to but let them make it for heavens sake. Art is all we have to reflect on ourselves. I am as sad as anyone that John Lennon was killed but this obviously drove someone to write and get this film produced so let's hear what it has to say before condemning it just because it is about someone who killed a nice man. That is about more than half the films I know. Nice people get killed by bad men all the time. Cinema can't be all Strawberry Shortcake all the time.

Jason Hartley said...

I have no problem with movies that explore horrible things, in fact, I love them. However, if you want to deal with the issues brought up by the murder of John Lennon, make a work of fiction. I think that artists aren't really responsible for people misinterpreting their work (like Chapman did with Salinger), but this movie rewards someone who killed for attention. It basically says, "If you kill someone famous, a movie will be made about you." Obviously, I don't have to see this movie, and they are welcome to make whatever movie they want, but I think it is unethical for it to be made because it is an unambiguous message to people who might want to kill for fame: It works.

Mike said...

Art immitates life. It shouldn't immitate death. And Mark David Chapman killed one of the most important, influential, and loved people on the planet. The only reason he isn't dead is because as soon as he gets out of jail someone's going to kill him.

Chapman doesn't deserve a movie about him. Whether it's a "psychological story" or not, it doesn't matter. I don't care about him. HE SHOULD ROT IN PRISON. Most people I talk about this movie with don't remember who Chapman was because they tried to wipe it from their memory.

Before Lennon the only single death that affected the ENTIRE world was Ghandi. Everyone knew who the Beatles and John Lennon was. And when Chapman murdered him, the world mourned. The most recent death on the same level was Princess Diana.

This movie spits at the memory of John Lennon.

Let John Lennon rest in peace and let Chapman rot in prison and then rot in hell.