It was announced on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ legendary Saville Row performance that a new project based on the last few months the band spent together would be produced. Using never-released footage from their Let It Be recording sessions, the film will be a collaboration between Peter Jackson and the (remaining) Beatles.
According to Peter Jackson: “The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about – it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”
“I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth. After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating – it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate.”
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It looks like the film is set to disprove the idea that the last few months the Beatles spent together was full of drama and tension. While the album and subsequent movie has “often been viewed in the context of struggle” Jackson says it looks like this is far from the reality.
The project has only started production so there is no timeline or release date just yet. It’s also a bit unclear in what direction the project will go, if it will be more of a film or documentary. Whatever the case, this is all exciting news!
What do you hope to see in this new project?