Film-makers Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis are joining forces to make a picture built around the music of The Beatles.
Boyle, who won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, will direct the film which has the tentative title of All You Need Is Love, although London-based studio Working Title has insisted that the secretive project is still untitled. Curtis, responsible for British classics such as Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually, has written the script for All You Need Is Love, which is about a struggling musician who, for plot reasons as yet unknown, thinks he’s the only person who can remember the Fab Four.
Himesh Patel, the actor who played Tamwar Masood for several years on EastEnders, has been cast to play the up-and-coming musician. However Mr Patel’s representatives refused to respond to messages. Similarly, Tim Bevan, the producer from Working Title who has developed the musical, was resolute in his determination not to speak about the new project. The reason has to do with complex and sensitive negotiations to acquire various rights to songs from The Beatles catalogue. Boyle and his casting director have auditioned scores of actors for other roles, but so far Patel is the only one to have been signed. I understand that filming is expected to start later in the spring in locations that will include London and Norfolk.
Boyle has long been interested in directing a movie version of the musical Miss Saigon for Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title. That project is still being developed and may happen in 2020, if a screenplay (that pleases all involved) can be completed, and the right cast found.