'Nowhere Boy,' About the Young John Lennon, to Get Stage Adaptation

The musical play will cover Lennon's adolescence, his complicated relationships with the aunt who raised him and the mother forced to give him up and his earliest collaborations with Paul McCartney.

Nowhere Boy, the 2009 biopic that starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the young John Lennon, is being developed for the stage.

Producers Brian Lee and Dayna Bloom of AF Creative Media and Robyn Goodman and Josh Fielder of Aged in Wood announced the project on Monday.

The musical play is inspired by the film about Lennon's adolescence in Liverpool and his complex relationships with his aunt, Mimi Smith, who raised him, and his mother, Julia Lennon, who was forced to give him up as a child. The story traces his initial steps into the music world and the creation in 1956 of his first band, The Quarrymen, which was joined a year later by Paul McCartney.

The feature directing debut of photographer and video artist-turned-filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson (then Sam Taylor-Wood), the movie was written by Matt Greenhalgh, who also wrote the 2007 music film Control, about Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.

Based on a biography written by Lennon's half-sister Julia Baird, the screen version of Nowhere Boy also starred Kristin Scott Thomas as Mimi, Anne-Marie Duff as Julia and Thomas Brodie-Sangster as McCartney. It was produced by Ecosse Films, Douglas Rae and Robert Bernstein.

The film included Lennon's song "Mother," as well as early Quarryman songs and music that inspired Lennon, such as Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" and Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day."

While no writer or director has been announced for the stage project, the producers — who were part of the team behind last season's Tony-winning Angels in America revival — are eyeing plans to debut the show in the U.K., at a date to be set.