Oasis Frontman Acquires Cinematic Rights to Beatles Book

As the world honors the 40 year anniversary of The Beatles’ final LP, Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has found it hard to let it be.  He recently acquired the cinematic rights to the book The Longest Cocktail Party, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Beatles’ Apple Corps.  Gallagher’s newly formed In 1 Productions confirmed  on May 7 that they will develop and produce a feature film based on Richard DiLello’s 1973 book that tracks the rise and ruin of the Beatles’ famed record label. A release date for the film is yet to be announced.

“This will be a film with humor and affection providing an insider’s look at what it meant to be a young man caught up in the wild swirl of the music business, celebrities and the tail end of the swinging Sixties’ in London,” reads a statement from Gallagher’s company. DiLello authored his book based on his experience working for Apple beginning in 1968 and witnessing firsthand the demise of the Beatles, which coincided with record company’s financial struggles. Just as in the book, the film will likely focus more on Apple Corps than on the Beatles themselves, though the band’s breakup clearly factors largely in the story.

The catchy tunes of Oasis have long been compared to those of the Beatles.  Now it remains unclear what role Gallagher will play on the film of this band that has been a profound influence on his own.  He will possibly serve as producer, writer, or even as one of the Beatles.

As for Oasis, Rolling Stone previously reported that Noel Gallagher quit the band with “great relief” in August 2009.  Oasis will be the subject of their own film, an upcoming documentary that includes fans’ stories about their connection with the band and its music.

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