Documentary Was Supposed To Premiere In September
Disney has announced that Peter Jackson’s upcoming documentary The Beatles: Get Back has now been pushed back to 2021.
The Beatles: Get Back, which chronicles the group’s rehearsals and performances from January 1969 as they began work on a new album. There are 55 hours of unseen footage that was filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and 140 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings from the Let It Be album sessions. It features the only notable footage of the band at work in the studio, capturing the interactions between John, Paul, George and Ringo.
The footage has been restored by Park Road Post Production of Wellington, New Zealand, and is being altered by Jabez Olssen, who teamed up with Jackson on They Shall Not Grow Old. The Beatles: Get Back is being made with the support of Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. A fully restored version of the original Let It Be film will be made available at a later date.
Bob Iger released a statement on the storied project that was originally intended for Hulu –
“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.”
Director Peter Jackson on the opportunity given to him by Disney –
“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 has stepped up as our distributor. There’s no one better to have our movie seen by the greatest number of people.”
Beatles legends Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr also share their excitement for the project, McCartney said –
“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.”
Starr added –
“I’m really looking forward to this film. Peter is great and it was so cool looking at all this footage. There were 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.”
The Beatles: Get Back was originally scheduled to open in September but has now been delayed until August 2021 because of the pandemic.