Last week, the trailer for Danny Boyle’s next movie, Yesterday, was released. The premise of the movie is if some event caused all but one person to forget about the Beatles. It seems like a pretty clever idea to me, and I thought it’d be fun to discuss what other entertainment industry people/groups I’d see a movie about.
The Beach Boys
This would be a fun American version of the movie with some of their biggest hits. It would be interesting to see if the culture accepts this Cali influenced, surfer-style music. That is until the main character pens God Only Knows and Wouldn’t It Be Nice which would propel him to become beloved worldwide.
Picture a Jamaican immigrant living in the Greater Miami area in 2020. A cataclysmic event happens and she wakes up the next morning humming Three Little Birds to her roommate. She eventually starts to sing it and the roomie is just blown away and is especially partial to “every little thing is gonna be alright” because of it’s uplifting message after this event. The girl later realizes no one remembers Bob Marley and she makes it her mission to spread his ideas of peace and unity through music and bring to light many of our world’s injustices.
Do you remember in Season 5 of LOST (spoiler alert) when Hurley is in 1977 and is writing the screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back in a notebook with plans to give it to George Lucas? He says, “Star Wars just came out. And George Lucas is gonna be looking for a sequel. I’ve seen Empire, like, 200 times, so I figured I’d make life easier and send him the script… with a couple improvements.” That’s kind of what this movie would be like. Whoever the protagonist is, gets to write Star Wars whichever way they want. They could take all of the things they like best and remove the things they deem unnecessary. The main struggle would be convincing people that this is an original idea and also describing to everyone what these characters and things actually look like and what they represent.
Obviously, this would allow for the person to write Indiana Jones, and even American Graffiti somehow.
Rodgers and Hammerstein
Imagine you’ve been out all night with your buddies, having beers, telling stories and by now you’re all pretty drunk. You decide it’s a good time to head home and hit the hay…
You (drunkenly singing): “So long, farewell. Auf wiedersehen, goodnight.”
*Your friends all stare at you in confusion.*
You: “Goodbye… Goodbye… Goodbye..”
Marky: “what in the hell was that?”
You (slurring): “ha get it? Like The Sound of Music.”
Ricky: “the who of what?”
You: “Sound of Music. Come on fellas, Do-Re-Mi, Favorite Things”
Danny: “Think you’ve had too much to drink, pal”
Terry (pushing you out the door): “Alright bud, we’ll talk to ya tomorrow”
You stumble outside and wonder how none of your friends have ever seen The Sound of Music because you know for a fact three of them have sisters. Then you see a girl having a smoke and go up to her.
You (singing): “Getting to know you… Getting to know all about you”
Her: “screw off before I call the cops!”
You then see a guy across the street wearing a Liverpool jersey and run up to him. Surely he must know this one.
You: “When you walk…”
Him: *stares blankly*
You: “through a storm”
Him: *still staring*
You: “Hold your head up high. And don’t be afraid of the dark”
Him: “that was beautiful man, I really needed that! I’ve been having a tough ti-”
You sprint away.
That’s when it really hits you. None of these people have heard of The Sound of Music, The King and I or Carousel. Oh. My. God. Rodgers and Hammerstein never existed!
Boom, that’s the trailer.