Writer Jack Barth opens up about how his vaguely depressing script, Cover Version, was bought and turned into 2019’s romantic comedy, Yesterday.
Jack Barth says his original script, Cover Version, had a tone that wasn’t as light-hearted 2019’s Yesterday. Barth can best be described as a struggling writer. Having spent 40 years in the industry and writing 25 unproduced screenplays, Barth sold Cover Version to Working Title Films at 62-years-old. His script was about an average singer-songwriter who becomes one of the only people in the world to remember The Beatles (among other things). Taking a liking to this concept, acclaimed British filmmaker Richard Curtis bought the rights and teamed up with director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) to make Yesterday.