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'Get Back': what if the Beatles hadn't broken up?

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Mark Waters to direct revisionist comic history of the Fab Four, sans Yoko...

The Beatles, circa Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Perhaps the only event in the Beatles' history more famous than their meteoric rise to rock and roll godhood was their shocking breakup at the pinnacle of success in 1970. No other ensemble's dissolution has been so studied and lamented by music fans and critics alike, and admirers of the Fab Four's many groundbreaking hits have subsequently and voraciously pored over conversations, letters, interviews, and the like to understand what led to the end of the musical group that was, according to John Lennon, "more popular than Jesus". Many theories have been put forward as the 'main' reason that the Beatles ultimately parted ways - rampant drug use, jealousy between bandmates, manager Brian Epstein's death in 1967, or a desire to go in different artistic directions - but there is a substantial percentage of the Beatles' uncounted millions of fans that have no doubt. And that reason can be summed up in one word - Yoko.

In this vein, news comes from CinemaBlend that Mike Waters, director of Mean Girls and Freaky Friday, and producer of 500 Days of Summer, has signed a deal with Paramount Pictures to direct Get Back, a time travel comedy that will attempt to answer the question - 'what if the Beatles never broke up?'; or more directly - 'what if John Lennon had never met Yoko Ono?'

That's right. Forget about that tired 'go back in time and kill Hitler' idea. Get Back will reportedly follow two hardcore Beatles fans who, unable to get over the boys from Liverpool calling it quits all those years ago, travel back in time to the Beatles' heyday and attempt to stop John Lennon from ever meeting his future wife, an event that the main characters (and, I dare say, a good many Beatlemaniacs) pinpoint as the beginning of the end. One envisions, however, that if the characters achieve success in Get Back and we get a glimpse of the Beatles living on into the 1970s and 80s and beyond, only to totter around the stage during their twilight years like a certain other groundbreaking English band, then maybe our present reality is the preferable one.

First-time feature film screenwriter Chris McCoy has penned the script and no cast signings have yet been announced. Production on Get Back is slated to begin this summer.

CinemaBlend


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#1 RE: 'Get Back': what if the Beatles hadn't broken up? robthom 2011-01-31 00:39
The Beatles embodied everything that was good and positive about the sixties!

They HAD to break up when it turned out that the sixties had failed in 69-70, going into the 70's.

I wish they had stayed together forever also!
Just like everybody!

But they were TOO good, and mortally tied to a TOO good and failing culture!
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