John Lennon's last year — 1980 — will be the subject of both a new documentary and book, according to Deadline. The film, John Lennon: The Final Year, is being produced by Reda Films along with noted Beatles author Ken Womack, whose own book John Lennon 1980: The Final Days In The Life Of Beatle John will be published on what would have been Lennon’s 80th birthday on October 9th 2020.
Lilla Hurst, the co-managing director of the film's distributor Drive, said, “This groundbreaking film gives exclusive access to people who were part of John Lennon’s life during his final year and sheds light on a part of his life that hasn’t been previously revealed. We were fascinated by this story as soon as it was brought to us and we look forward to launching the film to the content industry.” No release date or platform has been announced yet for the doc.
Yoko Ono recalled the summer of 1980 as being a special time for the couple: “It was one of the most exciting summer (sic) for us. Because there was a five years (sic) hiatus, or whatever. And, y'know, both of us are workaholics. We weren't really happy about that. We were trying to make the family life well, and in that sense we were happy — a happy family. But there was something missing, y'know, 'cause both of us are artists. And so, it was great to finally come out and do something.”