Peter Jackson announces new Beatles documentary
Apple and WingNut Films have announced a new Beatles documentary to be helmed by director Peter Jackson. The film will compile footage from their January 1969 studio session that resulted in the album Let It Be.
“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,” said Jackson.
The footage was initially recorded for a TV special, though the project evolved over time, and eventually became the documentary Let It Be. Like the album, it came out 18 months after the Beatles broke up, and was seen as a chronicling of the band’s demise. Jackson added that “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.”
Jackson, who’s coming off his most recent documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, has never been shy about his love for the Fab Four. In his 1987 debut, Bad Taste, the director can be seen driving a van with a Sgt. Pepper-era window decal.