New Lennon film in pre-production
by Roger Stormo
Thursday, August 28, 2014
The BBC reports that a new film has gone into pre-production in New York looking at the events that took place on the night that John Lennon was shot and killed outside his Manhattan home in December 1980.
"The Lennon Report" looks at the focus on the efforts of first responders at the site of the shooting - and at the Roosevelt hospital where Lennon was taken.
I must confess that I find this focus on that senseless murder depressing. I can barely watch these films. I stayed away from that 2008 "Chapter 27" film.
There are lots of stories to tell about the adventurous life of John Lennon. Give me a "Lost weekend" film any day. May Pang is currently rewriting her "Loving John" book, because the editors removed so much from her original manuscript. A dramatisation of John Lennon's interaction with Phil Spector and the rock'n'roll gang in Los Angeles, including a visit from the McCartneys would be something I'd like to watch.
Or how about his retreat from the public eye following the "Rock'n' Roll" album, his house-husband days leading up to his Bermuda adventure?
Ice bucket challenge, 1965.
Kevin Dillon Will Attempt To Save A Beatle In The Lennon Report
August 14, 2014
The tragic story of Beatles member John Lennon’s murder at the hands of the deranged Mark Chapman has been committed to celluloid twice before, in 2007′s The Killing of John Lennon and 2008′s Chapter 27, but another project is now in the works that takes a different approach to the event.
The Lennon Report, from first-time director Jeremy Profe, will explore the frantic aftermath of the shooting as police officers and emergency doctors raced to save Lennon’s life. Today, Kevin Dillon boarded the movie in the role of a New York City motorcycle cop.
Much like Parkland centered on the aftermath of the JFK assassination, The Lennon Report focuses on real people who were inside Roosevelt Hospital as doctors and nurses did their best to save Lennon’s life. Among those present was Alan Weiss, a WABC-TV producer who discovered that Lennon had been shot while being treated for an unrelated motorcycle injury. Weiss would go on to win one of his six Emmys for breaking the tragic news. Dillon’s character speaks to Weiss over the course of the movie, acting as a reassuring voice of reason in a time of chaos.
No other cast members have been announced for The Lennon Report, which Profe wrote with Walter Vincent. As always though, we’ll keep you posted when we hear more.