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‘John Lennon: The Final Year’ Doc To Explore The Beatles Star’s Life & Death In 1980 As Drive Boards For International Sales

Deadline — Peter White

EXCLUSIVE: The final year of John Lennon’s life is to be explored in a new documentary timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of The Beatles singer and guitarist.

John Lennon: The Final Year will look at the musician’s life in 1980 before he was tragically assassinated by Mark Chapman outside The Dakota on December 8 1980 at the age of 40.

British distributor Drive has boarded for international sales and will start talks with global broadcasters and streaming platforms at the forthcoming Realscreen market in New Orleans.

The film is produced by Reda Films, the company behind Nat Geo’s Emmy-nominated Brothers in War, and The Queen and Us producer History Television International.

In 1980, ten years on from the breakup of The Beatles, Lennon emerged from a five-year hiatus to release (Just Like) Starting Over as well as Double Fantasy, which contained songs written during his trip to Bermuda.

The documentary will feature never-seen-before archive material and interviews with those who spent time with him during the year.

Drive is currently securing coproduction financing for the film and will debut it to international broadcasters in New Orleans.

The doc will be exec produced by Reda Films’ Scott L. Reda and Mark L. Reda and the producer is Ken Womack, whose book John Lennon 1980: The Final Days in the Life of Beatle John will be published on Lennon’s birthday, October 9th 2020.

Lilla Hurst, Drive co-MD, said, “This ground-breaking film gives exclusive access to people who were part of John Lennon’s life during his final year and sheds light on a part of his life that hasn’t been previously revealed. We were fascinated by this story as soon as it was brought to us and we look forward to launching the film to the content industry.”

Mark L. Reda, creative director of Reda Films added, “You think you know the story of John Lennon, but this is the remarkable true story of the final year of the Beatle legend.”

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