Back in March 1977 American film director, producer and screenwriter Francis Coppola wrote to John Lennon proposing that the pair work together on a film.
Coppola, who at the time was living in a volcano in the Philippines while making the now iconic and epic war film ‘Apocalypse Now’, had proposed the idea to Lennon about contributing to the score of the film.
The picture, which eventually went on to win ‘Best Sound’ at the 52nd Academy Awards anyway thanks to the work of Walter Murch, Mark Berger, Richard Beggs, and Nathan Boxer, could have added Lennon’s name to the list had the former Beatle had a little more spare time.
Coppola, who said he would “love to cook dinner” for Lennon and ” just talk, listen to music and talk about movies” hinted at the pair working together. His letter read:
“March 24, 1977
Mr. John Lennon
1307 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10019
We’ve never met but, of course, I’ve always enjoyed your work.
I am presently in the Philippines making “APOCALYPSE NOW”. I’ve been here eight months, expect to be here another several months. I live inside a volcano, which is a jungle paradise, where there are beautiful mineral springs; and thought of ever you were in the Far East or if ever you would enjoy spending a little time talking about things in general and some distant future projects that I have in mind, please, I would love to cook dinner for you and just talk, listen to music and talk about movies.
If coming to the Far East is difficult, then someday in the future, either in Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York, I would like to meet you.
Despite his best efforts, Lennon unfortunately declined the offer. However, new correspondence surfaced citing a reply from Lennon to Coppola. It would seem that Coppola’s invitation to dinner was accepted by the Beatle and it is hinted that the pair discussed working on a new book having seen the ‘Apocalypse Now’ project completed.
Whether or not they arranged to meet up in Coppola’s volcano remains to be seen, i’d like to think they did.
Here’s Lennon’s reply to Coppola:
Having given a lot more thought to this idea, I realise that due to my work schedule I really don’t have the time for such a big new project.
I love the book but it would take to much energy etc.
Best wishes to you, it was nice meeting you