The tragic story of Beatles member John Lennon’s murder at the hands of the deranged Mark Chapman has been committed to celluloid twice before, in 2007’s The Killing of John Lennon and 2008’s Chapter 27, but another project is now in the works that takes a different approach to the event.
The Lennon Report, from first-time director Jeremy Profe, will explore the frantic aftermath of the shooting as police officers and emergency doctors raced to save Lennon’s life. Today, Kevin Dillon boarded the movie in the role of a New York City motorcycle cop.
Much like Parkland centered on the aftermath of the JFK assassination, The Lennon Report focuses on real people who were inside Roosevelt Hospital as doctors and nurses did their best to save Lennon’s life. Among those present was Alan Weiss, a WABC-TV producer who discovered that Lennon had been shot while being treated for an unrelated motorcycle injury. Weiss would go on to win one of his six Emmys for breaking the tragic news. Dillon’s character speaks to Weiss over the course of the movie, acting as a reassuring voice of reason in a time of chaos.
No other cast members have been announced for The Lennon Report, which Profe wrote with Walter Vincent. As always though, we’ll keep you posted when we hear more.