Director Jean-Marc Vallée has continued to bring interesting stories to life for more than a decade. Vallée broke out for American audiences with 2009’s “The Young Victoria,” but gained real traction in Hollywood a few years later. The back-to-back successes of “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild” helped him establish a low-budget but intimate style. He moved to television and brought to life two more strong shows, directing the entire first season of “Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects” for HBO. Many have wondered what type of project would move him back to the world of film, and we now have our answer: the ballad of John and Yoko.
According to Variety, Vallée will co-write and direct a new feature on the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The pair were seen as a massive celebrity couple, with decades of Beatles fans blaming the breakup of the iconic band on their relationship. While Paul McCartney and others have mostly put that rumor to bed, mystery still surrounds the relationship. Since Lennon’s murder in 1980, Ono has stayed primarily out of the spotlight.
The fact that a film will exist about the two lovers is less than surprising. Considering the noise around their relationship and the enduring legacy it holds in pop culture, interest will always be high. Vallée has mostly focused on female-led projects, making this one particularly interesting. Ono will produce the film, meaning we may get the story from her point-of-view. If that ends up being the case, this could be a far more interesting project for Vallée. Considering the tragic ending of the story, this could also find itself in the Oscar conversation. Keep an eye on Vallée and the casting over the next few months.