They're the greatest pop/rock band in music history, yet somehow there haven't been a whole lot of films about The Beatles. No, Across the Universe does not count.
But that's about to change as Michael Winterbottom takes the helm of The Longest Cocktail Party. The film, which is based on the Richard DiLello book, showcases the most crucial moments in the band's career between 1967 and 1970.
Michael is also set to produce it with Andrew Eaton. But the whole project was given birth by the original producer and Oasis front-man Liam Gallagher. It was his idea to turn the book into a movie, and it is also his idea to cast Johnny Depp as Derek Taylor, the band's publicist.
Unfortunately, Andrew is feeling some creative differences there. He's not sure Johnny would be the best fit for the role, saying:
Johnny in a way would be great. But the trouble is, Derek Taylor, who’s the main character, who’s the press officer, he’s from Liverpool, and he’s probably 32 or 33 in the story, whereas Johnny Depp is 48 or something, and American, so it’s more than just the age gap. There are other parts he could do, but whether he could be Derek. … I don’t know.
Okay, well first of all, who cares if he's American?!?! Have you never seen the man act? He can be British any day of the week.
And second, the age difference, okay. We can kind of get that (though we're sure the right make-up could alleviate the problem), but having Johnny aboard would be a marvelous thing for the film.
Fusing one of the greatest bands with one of the greatest actors? Come on, no brainer!
Tags: andrew eaton, biopic, book, film, george harrison, john lennon, johnny depp, liam gallagher, longest cocktail party, michael winterbottom, oasis, paul mccartney, richard dilello, ringo starr, the beatles