Published May 18, 2010Word dropped recently that ex-Oasis dude Liam Gallagher had purchased the rights to The Longest Cocktail Party: An Insider's Diary of the Beatles, Their Million Dollar Apple Empire and Its Wild Rise and Fall, Richard DiLello's 1972 memoir about the final years of the Beatles, when the band owned Apple Corps. Just a couple weeks back, Gallagher was looking for a screenwriter and this was all very much in the early planning stages. And it looks as if that planning now involves a radical departure from the book.
Gallagher has announced that his movie adaptation will not feature any of the members of the Beatles or their music; it will instead focus on the happenings - good, bad, and ugly - at the Apple record label.
"There's going to be no one auditioning for John, Paul, George, Ringo," Gallagher told the Guardian. "I ain't going to be doing that. No wigs, you know? It's about the characters behind the scenes and I think that's where these Beatles films have gone wrong but this, I think, is going to be different."
And instead of Beatles tunes, the soundtrack will feature new music from Gallagher's post-Oasis band, which also consists of former band-mates Gem Archer, Chris Sharrock, and Andy Bell.
"I think it will be more exciting if you have a sound that reminds you of that era, instead of the obvious, going, 'Oh, there's 'Let It Be,'" Gallagher said. "There's that... Plus, I don't think we could afford it."
The Andrew Eaton-produced movie will also apparently be Gallagher's first and last movie-making effort. "Film business is just like the music industry, isn't it?" Gallagher said. "It's a lot of blaggers talking shit. I can't be taking it from two sides. I'm not venturing into film. I'm doing this one thing and that's it, I'm back."
As to what he's back to, it's that still-unnamed post-Oasis band, who will reportedly be releasing a single and touring in October.