Ono will co-produce the movie along with Michael De Luca, focussing on her relationship with Lennon and their activism in the 1970s.
The as-yet-untitled project will be written primarily by Anthony McCarten, whose take on the relationship between Stephen and Jane Hawking bagged him an Oscar nod in 2015. Yoko, now 83, will help produce the movie in tandem with Michael De Luca, whose credits include The Social Network, Moneyball and Captain Phillips.
Yoko Ono will be producing a biopic about her relationship with John Lennon
“The story will focus on ripe and relevant themes of love, courage and activism in the U.S. — with the intention of inspiring today’s youth to stand up for and have a clear vision for the world they want,” De Luca said on Wednesday (February 1st) in a statement announcing the project, according to Deadline.
“I am also honoured and privileged to be working with Yoko Ono, Anthony McCarten and Josh Bratman to tell the story of two amazing global icons.”
The script is likely to cover The Beatles’ break-up, Lennon’s solo career, his status with his wife Yoko as a celebrity couple and social activists throughout the 1970s, as well as his assassination in 1980.
The couple met in 1966 and were married in 1969, just a few months after Lennon divorced his first wife Cynthia. Notoriously, they used their honeymoon to stage a week-long protest in their bed against the Vietnam War.
Yoko has consistently been cited as one of the primary reasons for the gradual disintegration of the Fab Four, and was regularly vilified in the press at the time and subsequently.