John Lennon Biopic Picked Up by Weinstein Co.
The Weinstein Co. has acquired a host of rights for “Nowhere Boy,” the story of John Lennon’s tumultuous childhood.
The company has secured U.S., Latin American and German rights from producer Ecosse Films. “Boy,” with its titular allusion to Beatles song “Nowhere Man,” looks at a battle between Lennon’s aunt and mother for custody and affections of the young musician.
Sam Taylor-Wood is directing and Matt Greenhalgh wrote the script; Greenhalgh previously penned “Control” the story of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, which TWC also released.
Aaron Johnson plays the Beatle as a young man, with Kristin Scott Thomas playing his polarizing Aunt Mimi, who begins raising Lennon until his mother re-enters the picture. Production is under way.
TWC is touting the movie as first acquisition since Tom Ortenberg arrived at TWC; the Lionsgate vet joined this year as president of theatrical films.
HanWay Films repped the filmmakers.