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Taylor-Wood 'to make Lennon film'

Sam Taylor-Wood
Taylor-Wood was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997

Artist Sam Taylor-Wood will direct a film about the life of former Beatle John Lennon, reports claim.

Film industry magazine Screen Daily said the biopic, Nowhere Boy, will focus on Lennon's early years and his first steps to stardom.

Taylor-Wood, who recently debuted short film Love You More, said: "I knew as I closed the final page that this was the film I had been looking to direct."

The film will be shot on location in Lennon's home city of Liverpool.

'Dynamic combination'

The story will examine the influence Lennon's aunt and mother played on his life.

"The story spoke to me on so many levels - both personal and artistic," said Taylor-Wood.

John Lennon
The film will be shot in Lennon's home city of Liverpool

"The women in John's early life truly shaped who he became, and the strengths and weaknesses of their relationships are central to this film."

Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae of Ecosse Films will produce the movie.

"I'm truly excited at the prospect of Sam Taylor-Wood bringing her singular artistic vision to the story," Bernstein said.

"Combined with the genius of John Lennon, I think that's a very arresting and dynamic combination."

Matt Greenhalgh, who wrote the Joy Division movie Control, has agreed to write the screenplay.

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