The film version of award-winning author Lars Saabye Christensen’s book – about boys coming of age in Oslo in the 1960s and heavily influenced by Beatles music – has been in the planning stages for several years. Both Rosenberg and the film’s directors, Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, who recently won an Oscar nomination for last year’s Kon-Tiki film, felt use of Beatles’ original music was critical to the film’s success. So did the Norwegian Film Institute, which made its financing of the film contingent on access to the music.
Rosenberg’s permission from Sony/ATV Music Publishing and EMI Music Nordics to use the Beatles’ music will enable filming to start in June. Friis thinks the death of a former chief at Apple Records, who had been associated with The Beatles since their start n Liverpool, has loosened restrictions on the music, as has a gradually more liberal stance among rights holders (including Yoko Ono) in recent years. The film’s premiere is set for February 14, 2014, the 30th anniversary of the novel’s debut.