John Lennon drama finds home at Weinstein Co.

Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:36pm EDT
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By Steven Zeitchik

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - The Weinstein Co. has acquired a host of rights for "Nowhere Boy," a feature film that chronicles John Lennon's tumultuous childhood.

The company has secured U.S., Latin American and German rights from producer Ecosse Films.

"Boy," with its titular allusion to Beatles song "Nowhere Man," looks at the battle between Lennon's aunt and mother for custody and the affections of the young musician.

Aaron Johnson ("The Illusionist") plays the Beatle as a young man, with Kristin Scott Thomas as his polarizing Aunt Mimi, who begins raising Lennon until his mother re-enters the picture. Production is under way.

Sam Taylor-Wood is directing and Matt Greenhalgh wrote the script; Greenhalgh previously penned "Control," the story of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, which the Weinstein Co. also released.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)