Everything from 24 Hour Party People to 9 Songs has shown us that director Michael Winterbottom likes his music, and now it appears he’s thinking about going to the inevitable place helmers who like music go – The Beatles.
The Playlist says that he and regular producing partner Andrew Eaton are involved with turning The Longest Cocktail Party: An Insider’s Diary Of The Beatles, Their Million Dollar Apple Empire And Its Wild Rise And Fall into a film. It’s been known for a long time that none other than the gobby Liam Gallagher has wanted to get the book on the screen. For a while he’s had help from Winterbottom in a producting capacity, and now Michael’s decided he definitely wants to direct too.
Richard DiLello’s book looks at the difficult formation of Apple Records (which many people don’t realise didn’t just release Beatles records) as well as problems it caused for The Beatles, the acrimonious recording of Let It Be and their split. It’s not exactly a jolly tale, but Winterbottom should be able to handle it. And while Liam Gallagher previously suggested Johnny Depp might be in the film as Beatles publicisty Derek Taylor with it seems that’s now unlikely to happen.
It’s not certain when the film might go into production, as Winterbottom will make Bialout next, and after there there are numerous project percolating. We’ll have to wait and see.
General movie news courtesy of Movie Muser