Exciting news in the world of the Beatles came down on Wednesday: Acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson’s new documentary film, The Beatles: Get Back, will officially be released in theaters on Sept. 4, 2020.
The film will be released by Walt Disney Studios.
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The official news release states that the doc will include previously unseen footage of the Let It Be sessions, plus “the entire iconic rooftop concert, fully restored.”
Said Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger in a statement regarding this definitive doc on John, Paul, George and Ringo:
“No band has had the kind of impact on the world that The Beatles have had, and ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ is a front-row seat to the inner workings of these genius creators at a seminal moment in music history, with spectacularly restored footage that looks like it was shot yesterday. I’m a huge fan myself, so I could not be happier that Disney is able to share Peter Jackson’s stunning documentary with global audiences in September.”
The Beatles archives have been pretty heavily combed-over throughout the years, but Get Back promises some truly special material:
Compiled from over 55 hours of unseen footage, filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and 140 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings from the “Let It Be” album sessions, “The Beatles: Get Back” is directed by Jackson and produced by Jackson, Clare Olssen (“They Shall Not Grow Old”) and Jonathan Clyde, with Ken Kamins and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones serving as executive producers.
Said Jackson, whose work on the Lord of the Rings cinematic trilogy as writer/director/producer helped establish him as an icon in the movie business, about working on this film:
“Working on this project has been a joyous discovery. I’ve been privileged to be a fly on the wall while the greatest band of all time works, plays and creates masterpieces. I’m thrilled that Disney have stepped up as our distributor. There’s no one better to have our movie seen by the greatest number of people.”
As for the film’s official ties to the Beatles, it has the full, “enthusiastic” support of Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, while Paul McCartney had this to say:
“I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together. The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.”
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) March 11, 2020
And Ringo Starr:
“I’m really looking forward to this film. Peter is great and it was so cool looking at all this footage. There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the version that came out. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that. I think this version will be a lot more peace and loving, like we really were.”