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'Love,' Actually

Sony plans Beatles movie musical. It would be a transatlantic love story, with the actors singing and dancing to an all-Fab soundtrack

Last week, the Beatles went Vegas. This week, they're going Hollywood. A few days after the announcement that Cirque du Soleil is building a stage spectacle around the Fabs' catalog, Sony-based Revolution Studios announced that it's developing a movie musical with an all-Beatles soundtrack, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Called All You Need Is Love, it'll be a tale of transatlantic romance, about a British lad and an American lass who fall in love during the 1960s, with the actors singing and dancing to a score that would include about 18 Beatles compositions.

Veteran British screenwriting team Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (who wrote the rock-themed screen comedies Still Crazy and The Commitments) are writing the movie. The pair knew two of the Beatles; George Harrison produced their 1980s films Bullshot and Water, and he and Ringo Starr both had cameos in Water. Clement and La Frenais are also working on another rock musical, this one for Broadway, with AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson.

Fab Four fans with long memories will recall, with a shudder, the last time someone tried to make a movie musical with an all-Beatles score: the 1978 fiasco Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a showbiz fable in which a motley cast of non-acting singers (Peter Frampton, the Bee Gees) and non-singing actors (George Burns, Steve Martin) played characters from various Beatles songs. The film did spawn that nifty funk cover of ''Got to Get You Into My Life'' by Earth, Wind & Fire, so it wasn't a total loss.

Originally posted Oct 19, 2004
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