Mark Waters, director of Mean Girls, Freaky Friday, and The Spiderwick Chronicles, is currently in line to helm Get Back, a comedy about two diehard Beatles fans who discover a time machine and use it to travel back in time to change a major event in John Lennon‘s life.
What do they plan to do in Get Back, which is named for the popular Beatles tune that closes out their final album Let It Be? No, not to stop his murder, that would be too logical. Instead, it’s to prevent the musician from ever meeting his wife Yoko Ono, who they feel was the cause of the breakup of the Beatles.
As this is planned as a comedy, I can see where there would be plenty of opportunity for laughs, especially when you have die-hard music fans and time-travel involved. But, I’m seriously hating the premise of this movie, which was scripted by Chris McCoy and was named as one of the best unproduced screenplays on the 2007 Black List.
It’s been 40 years since the Fab Four parted ways and Ono was scapegoated as the cause, so is this premise really relevant with today’s audiences? Besides the fact that Ono was not truly to blame and there had been tension amongst the band members long before Ono entered the picture.
Then there’s the fact that the premise is all about preventing Lennon from meeting the love of his life, someone who was his partner and muse. Taking her out of the equation means we wouldn’t have his amazing solo records, not to mention he wouldn’t have had his son Sean, whom he adored and for whom he spent five years as a stay-at-home father.
This story, as is, just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. We only know this tiny bit about the movie, so hopefully the story progresses into one where where these fans realize Ono’s integral role in Lennon’s life and change their initial plans.
Also, there’s the issue of John Lennon’s likeness, which Ono has the rights to, and with a premise like this, I doubt she’d give permission. But, there’s an easy way around this — don’t show a John Lennon character in the film at all. The film could really be more about these two fans and their time-travel hijinks (Bill and Ted anyone?), so perhaps they spend the entire time trying to find Lennon, only getting glimpses of him from a far. But even so, Ono has sued to protect her late husband’s image before, so it would not be surprising if she stepped in to prevent this film from being made.
What do you think so far of the premise of Get Back?
[Source: Variety via /Film]