“The Lennon Report” will be a feature film based on actual events. Examiner Dorri Olds sat down with writer and director Jeremy Profe on Sept. 3, 2014 to discuss the upcoming movie.
Dorri Olds: Why this movie and why now?
Jeremy Profe: I was approached by one of our associate producers. They wanted me to do a screenplay about John Lennon, surrounding his death. I was brought in by Walter Menson who is my co-author on the screenplay. He asked if I wanted to work on this with him. So, I came in to it and said I would do it if he could agree that one, we’re not going into the story of John Lennon and two, we are not going to mention the shooter. We’re not going to even say his name or lend him any credence in the story. It was also important that we introduce new information about the event.
The film will not focus on Mark David Chapman, or on Lennon’s extraordinary life. Instead it is about the unsung heroes; the men and women in the hospital the night Lennon was brought in as a “John Doe.”
Is the reason that you’re not going to mention Mark David Chapman’s name because you don’t want him to get any more fame out of this?
Yes, that is exactly why. It occurred to me after the shootings in Connecticut that I could name Adam Lanza off the top of my head but I couldn’t tell you the names of the victims or any of the people that were part of the rescue effort. That is a disturbing trend. We don’t even hear about the true stories of heroism. In our culture we make stars and anti-heroes out of these villains. These are truly reprehensible people. It’s a disturbing trend to me and I won’t take part in it.
Who is in the cast?
Right now, Judy Henderson, who is the Emmy Award-winning casting director of “Homeland,” is casting “The Lennon Report” here in New York City. Several top name actors have already signed onto the film, with contracts currently in negotiations.
What are their names?
I’m not at liberty to say yet but I will tell you that Kevin Dillon of “Entourage” will be playing the police officer whose story arc sets off the major story arc.
What is the film’s schedule?
You can expect more names of cast members to be announced in the next week or so and they will be recognizable names. We’re planning to begin filming in the Fall in New York City. Filming will be finished in early 2015 and the movie will come out in 2015 to commemorate the 35th anniversary of John Lennon’s death.
How did you find new information about the highly publicized event?
We tracked down two doctors and two nurses who were in the hospital that night and got their firsthand accounts, which included information that hadn’t been shared with the media. We unearthed information that challenges what we’ve been told about the night that Lennon died.