John Lennon’s murder will be explored in a new docuseries narrated by Kiefer Sutherland for streamer Apple TV+. John Lennon: Murder Without a Trial, will drop in three parts. It features “exclusive eyewitness interviews and previously unseen crime scene photos, shedding new light on the life and murder of music and cultural icon John Lennon and the investigation and conviction of Mark David Chapman, his confessed killer,” according to a press release obtained by Variety.
John Lennon: Murder Without a Trial will feature new materials obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. It features interviews with Chapman’s defense lawyers and psychiatrists. Also interviewed in the series are detectives, prosecutors, and those who knew Lennon before his death at age 40.
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The docuseries drops over 50 years after The Beatles disbanded and more than 40 years since Lennon’s tragic assassination. Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, were returning to their Dakota building residence overlooking New York’s Central Park when the incident occurred. Chapman confessed to the murder and remains incarcerated in New York State, having been denied parole multiple times.
Nick Holt, known for his work on The Murder Trial and Responsible Child, co-directed Murder Without a Trial with Rob Coldstream. Coldstream previously worked on Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain. This new series for Apple TV+ was brought to life by 72 Films. Meanwhile, Coldstream will serve as executive producer alongside David Glover and Mark Raphael. Simon Bunney and Louis Lee Ray are also part of the team as producers.
Sutherland is known for his TV roles in 24 and Designated Survivor. His filmography covers diverse genres, from classics like Stand by Me, Young Guns, and The Lost Boys. He most recently appeared in the Paramount+ series Rabbit Hole and Netflix’s They Cloned Tyrone.
John Lennon’s Vocals Feature on a New Track from the Beatles
Alongside the Lennon documentary, the much-awaited final Beatles song, “Now and Then,” is set to drop on November 2nd, according to ABC. This new composition, recently completed, includes contributions from all four members – Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
The track features vocals recorded by John Lennon in a late ’70s demo. In 1994, Yoko Ono, his wife, presented the demo to Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison, along with demos he had made for “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love.” These demos were later included in The Beatles Anthology project in the mid ’90s.
In 2021, director Peter Jackson used AI to isolate John Lennon’s “Now and Then” instruments and vocals for The Beatles: Get Back docuseries. In 2022, Paul and Ringo, with guitar parts by Harrison from 1995, beautifully finished the song.
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