Peter Jackson to Direct New Beatles Documentary Film

Peter Jackson to Direct New Beatles Documentary Film

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Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon, June 1967. Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix via Getty Images 

Get excited Beatles fans! Peter Jackson is directing a new documentary about the making of The Beatles’ final album, Let It Be. With the blessing of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison, the Lord of the Rings director will sift through 55 hours of unreleased studio footage shot between January 2 and January 31, 1969.

Originally intended for use in the 1970 documentary, Let it Be, the footage chronicles the bands’ recording sessions, concluding with their final show on the Apple HQ rooftop in London, 50 years ago. 


Jackson will restore the footage to its vibrant former glory for a fully immersive experience, intended to transport the viewer back in time. In a press release, the Oscar-winning director said, “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.”

He continued, “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.”

“I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage – making the movie will be a sheer joy.”

The film currently does not have a release date, but we will definitely keep you posted!

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