by Shelt Garner
It seems as though the bio-pics of Queen and Elton John have been proxies for the big prize — The Beatles. To date, the whole subject of the rise and fall of The Beatles simply has not been addressed by Hollywood.
I don’t know how much of that is the lingering cultural significance of the band and how much is the remaining living members are very protective of the group’s legacy and simply won’t sanction any sort of attempt to document what happened.
But here, just for fun, is how I would structure a movie about The Beatles.
You open with where the four future Beatles are just before events cause their lives to become intertwined.
Inciting Incident: John Lennon meets Paul McCartney.
You spend much of the first act showing the lead up to the formation of The Beatles. Crucial points of the first act would be Brian Epstein becoming the bands manager and Ringo joining the band. You would linger on John, Paul and George’s time in Germany.
The band appears on Ed Sullivan.
This would be the “fun and games” point of the story where you see how the individual members of the band reacted to Beatlemania.
Midpoint: Brian Epstein dies.
Crisis: John Lennon produces the “How Do You Sleep” diss track towards MacCartney.
Climax: Lennon is shot.
End: The last meeting of Paul, George and Ringo.