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MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM Making BEATLES Film

Known for having a keen ear for music, Michael Winterbottom, director of Butterfly Kiss, 24 Hour Party People and The Killer Inside Me, will be making a film about The Beatles.

The Playlist reported today that the director will be working with producing partner Andrew Eaton and Liam Gallagher of Oasis to make The Longest Cocktail Party. An adaptation of the Richard DiLello book that Gallagher holds the rights to.

The story of the book and film will follow the creation of the bands record company Apple Records and goes into the difficult recording of their final album Let It Be. Jesse Armstrong, who wrote In The Loop and Four Lions has finished with the script and Winterbottom is ready to direct, though Winterbottom is busy with other projects so it won’t be happening immediately.

While Gallagher has talked about Johnny Depp playing the lead of publicist Derek Taylor, the other men on the project are skeptical that he would be right for the role. Eaton said, “Johnny in a way would be great,” he told us. “But the trouble is, Derek Taylor… 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.”

The biggest challenge right now is with Apple Records and getting music rights. Because the brand is in the process of reinventing themselves and being more a part of the digital era they are constantly aware of their image and don’t want any sort of movie screwing things up.

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