A person who claims he wrote the script for Danny Boyle’s Beatles movie Yesterday has alleged Richard Curtis took all of the credit for writing the movie’s screenplay.
Jack Barth instructed Uproxx that he offered the rights to the screenplay, which was initially titled Cover Version and revolved round a struggling musician who discovers he’s the one individual on Earth to recollect the music of The Beatles.
Barth was given a “story by” credit on the eventual movie, together with Curtis, however the Love Actually writer himself was solely credited with writing the movie’s screenplay.
“I didn’t realise Richard was going to do this to me until the week that the film was released,” he stated. “Then all the publicity hit all at once and I could see that he was taking credit for everything. I think I could have done something then but I didn’t want to jeopardise the film. I got lawyers to contact Richard’s lawyers and they just dragged it out.”
He added: “By the time I realised I needed to get the story out there myself, it was really hard to pitch something that was for a film that had come out eight months earlier. Most of the media is concerned with just promoting the current films, they’re not interested in a story about the abuse of the powerless by the powerful.”
Curtis beforehand claimed that he had solely heard the fundamental premise of Barth’s script.
“I had the one-sentence
Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney each beforehand expressed their admiration for the movie.
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, then stated ‘I don’t need any extra data’, as a result of I typically discovered after I labored with unique materials that it doesn’t come from the center,” he instructed Den of Geek.
But Barth pointed to a number of plot factors in Cover Version that additionally featured in Yesterday, together with the protagonist having a relationship together with his bandmate. Both scripts additionally featured an aged John Lennon residing out his life as a fisherman in Liverpool.
The closing gag, by which it’s revealed that nobody remembers Harry Potter both, additionally seems in Barth’s script.
“This is why I’m so upset,” he added. “This is why I truly really feel like Richard has broken me financially. I write and say, ‘I’m the man who created the movie Yesterday,’ and so they look and so they go, ‘No, you’re not, that’s a Richard Curtis movie, you moron.’”
Both Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney each beforehand expressed their admiration for the movie.