Film Bits: John and Yoko Movie in the Works; Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson Re-team for New Film

New Film Exploring John and Yoko in Development

John and Yoko Double Fantasy

Yoko Ono is collaborating with Hollywood producer Michael De Luca to develop a film about Ono’s relationship with John Lennon. Andrew McCarten (The Theory of Everything) has been tapped to pen the script, though no details have been announced regarding exactly how they’ll look at the relationship. Ono and Lennon met at an art gallery in the 60s before falling in love and becoming icons of the love movement. The two collaborated musically for years before Lennon’s murder in 1980. The Beatles have proven a hard nut to crack for biopics, which is odd considering their enormous impact on music and culture. While certainly a film about Lennon and Ono would focus somewhat on the breakup of the Fab Four, it makes a kind of sense that it would be easier to focus on an individual member rather than the band itself.

(Variety)

Director Paul Thomas Anderson Rounds Out Cast of Secretive New Project

Daniel Day-Lewis in PT Anderson's There Will Be Blood

Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice, There Will Be Blood) has begun shooting his latest, yet-to-be-titled film in the UK. The film, a 1950s period piece set in the world of fashion, reunites the director with his There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-Lewis. As production begins, the cast for the film is still being finalized and rounded out; actresses Lesley Manville (Maleficent) and Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man) has joined the cast, while Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood has been confirmed to score the film. The film is expected to be released later this year.

(Deadline, Pitchfork)

Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson to Star in Police Brutality Drama from ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Director

mel gibson and vince vaughn

Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson, who recently worked together as co-star and director of Hacksaw Ridge, are reteaming for a film from Bone Tomahawk director S. Craig Zahler. Vaughn and Gibson are set to star in Dragged Across Concrete, playing two police officers who are suspended after video of their brutal tactics is leaked to the media. The two then descend into a criminal underworld to see justice outside the bonds of law. The announcement came with a flurry of criticism across social media, with commentators decrying the film’s premise as “tone deaf” given our currently volatile political situation. Both Vaughn and Gibson are well known for being right wingers in the traditionally left wing world of Hollywood. Zahler, meanwhile, is no stranger to pushing the envelope. Bone Tomahawk was a brutal, horror tinged deconstruction of western tropes that took an unflinching look at violence and racism in the old west.

(THR)

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