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Mark Waters set to direct Beatles time travel comedy...seriously

Jan. 28, 2011by: Mike Sampson

Chris McCoy first made a name for himself back in 2007 when his script GET BACK made Hollywood's Black List for the best unproduced screenplays of the year. Three years later GET BACK may finally go before cameras as Mark Waters (MEAN GIRLS) has signed on to direct the film. And as referenced in the headline, it is indeed a time travel comedy about The Beatles.

The film follows two die-hard Beatles fans who, like many die-hard Beatles fans, don't hold a very warm place in their heart for Yoko Ono and blame her for breaking up the band. They find a way to travel back in time to prevent John Lennon from ever meeting Yoko and keeping the Fab Four together.

It'll be interesting to see how the film gets likeness rights to John Lennon and Beatles rights without the help of Yoko, who know controls John's considerable portion of the Beatles estate.

Waters is currently directing MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS with Jim Carrey, which is set to open in mid-June. Mid-June is not-so-coincidentally when the studio is gearing up to start production on GET BACK.

While we're here, I know it's a knee-jerk reaction to blame Yoko for breaking up The Beatles but frankly, I think that was just Lennon looking for a way out. Yoko or not, the relationship between all The Beatles had fractured pretty deeply towards the end. And them breaking up might've been the best thing for them in the end (I can't imagine them still touring like the Rolling Stones). Do you think the Beatles should've stayed together or was them breaking up and having a clear end to their legacy a good thing?

Source: Variety

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11:37PM on 01/30/2011

this sounds pretty cool!

well I thik they would have toured again, and maybe even got back together had John not been murdered. I don't know the circumstances surrounding John's death though, where was he at when he died? did it have anything to do with Yoko? if it did, then if he hadn't met her he wouldn't have been there to be murdered.
well I thik they would have toured again, and maybe even got back together had John not been murdered. I don't know the circumstances surrounding John's death though, where was he at when he died? did it have anything to do with Yoko? if it did, then if he hadn't met her he wouldn't have been there to be murdered.
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4:39PM on 01/29/2011

This looks interesting, but...

Sorry, but aside from a few great songs, The Beatles ultimately sucked! Unless your into era-bubblegum pop, then you know that they made shit music. I keep my Beatles records in between my Partridge Family records and my Monkees records. Woop, looks like a Spice Girls record got slipped in between "Please Please Me" and "Abbey Road"........right where it belongs...!!

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This does still sound like it could be a fun movie though.
Sorry, but aside from a few great songs, The Beatles ultimately sucked! Unless your into era-bubblegum pop, then you know that they made shit music. I keep my Beatles records in between my Partridge Family records and my Monkees records. Woop, looks like a Spice Girls record got slipped in between "Please Please Me" and "Abbey Road"........right where it belongs...!!

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This does still sound like it could be a fun movie though.
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5:45PM on 01/28/2011
Lets face it if Chapman hadn't murdered John,some how some way the Beatles would of played together again.
Lets face it if Chapman hadn't murdered John,some how some way the Beatles would of played together again.
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4:18PM on 01/28/2011

Every Legacy has to end..

Im glad they called it quits when they did. It made them better for me in my book. I would hate to see them still touring like the rolling stones. Love the beatles
Im glad they called it quits when they did. It made them better for me in my book. I would hate to see them still touring like the rolling stones. Love the beatles
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3:28PM on 01/28/2011
I think it would have been nice if they made one more album together in the mid-late 70s, but in the end they are so well loved because they never had a chance for a flop or decline like every other artist. And they all released great solo work. So it's probably for the better they stopped recording as a band. And I don't blame Yoko, no one person or thing would be able to break up a strong band. They wanted to go solo, George had a stockpile of great songs sitting on the shelf he was waiting
I think it would have been nice if they made one more album together in the mid-late 70s, but in the end they are so well loved because they never had a chance for a flop or decline like every other artist. And they all released great solo work. So it's probably for the better they stopped recording as a band. And I don't blame Yoko, no one person or thing would be able to break up a strong band. They wanted to go solo, George had a stockpile of great songs sitting on the shelf he was waiting to record. Same for all of them really. Solo Beatles are still The Beatles.
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3:02PM on 01/28/2011
Funny if they had Pete Best figure out how they manage time travel . . .
Funny if they had Pete Best figure out how they manage time travel . . .
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3:00PM on 01/28/2011

I doubt

I doubt Waters is going to get permission to use original Beatles songs. They'll have to do with cover versions I'm sure, and it'll probably be some awful modern band remaking "Get Back" in the worst possible way.
I doubt Waters is going to get permission to use original Beatles songs. They'll have to do with cover versions I'm sure, and it'll probably be some awful modern band remaking "Get Back" in the worst possible way.
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2:08PM on 01/28/2011

This sounds ridiculous...ly interesting

Either the Beatles were going to break up or they were going to have to continue without John which would not have worked. Although, by then George knew what he was doing.
Either the Beatles were going to break up or they were going to have to continue without John which would not have worked. Although, by then George knew what he was doing.
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1:39PM on 01/28/2011
Yoko never broke up the Beatles. If anything, Paul's relationship with Linda did. But it'd be foolish to blame it on any one individual. The Beatles' own identities were growing more distinct, and I think the dissolution of the band was just something happening when it should've. And because they weren't big on live performances after 1966, why would we ever have expected them to tour live again?

As for this headline, I remain cautious on any film project having to do with my dear
Yoko never broke up the Beatles. If anything, Paul's relationship with Linda did. But it'd be foolish to blame it on any one individual. The Beatles' own identities were growing more distinct, and I think the dissolution of the band was just something happening when it should've. And because they weren't big on live performances after 1966, why would we ever have expected them to tour live again?

As for this headline, I remain cautious on any film project having to do with my dear Beatles.
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10:55AM on 01/28/2011

That some

crazy ass photoshop going on there.
crazy ass photoshop going on there.
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10:52AM on 01/28/2011
The Beatles legacy would've never survived had they continued say in the vein of The Stones. Sure it would've been cool to see them reunite but it kind of destroys the aura of their time; they'd become to fractured as a group, I mean just look at their handeling of Apple Records as a clear sign of what could've been the group in the future. Another reason they wouldn't last is The Beatles wanted to hold your hand while The Stones were always looking for a good fuck :)
The Beatles legacy would've never survived had they continued say in the vein of The Stones. Sure it would've been cool to see them reunite but it kind of destroys the aura of their time; they'd become to fractured as a group, I mean just look at their handeling of Apple Records as a clear sign of what could've been the group in the future. Another reason they wouldn't last is The Beatles wanted to hold your hand while The Stones were always looking for a good fuck :)
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10:59AM on 01/28/2011
It's hard to compare the two bands (despite everybody's urge to). The Stones were first and foremost, a touring band. All their best stuff is live (despite having solid albums). The Beatles were a studio driven group. So their legacy is a lot more static.
It's hard to compare the two bands (despite everybody's urge to). The Stones were first and foremost, a touring band. All their best stuff is live (despite having solid albums). The Beatles were a studio driven group. So their legacy is a lot more static.
10:15AM on 01/28/2011

Don't blame yoko

It really wasn't her fault. They were all pretty much hating each other for a while before the break up, that would have happened without yoko. I think the beatles are perfectly fine being a supernova of awesomeness. Sorta like arrested development.
It really wasn't her fault. They were all pretty much hating each other for a while before the break up, that would have happened without yoko. I think the beatles are perfectly fine being a supernova of awesomeness. Sorta like arrested development.
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