Disney releasing Peter Jackson Beatles documentary

The Beatles: Get Back hits theaters in September

Disney is set to release Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, to theaters this fall. Deadline reports the film will be released to US and Canadian theaters on September 4th and feature unseen footage. Disney executive chairman Bob Iger revealed the news during Wednesday’s annual shareholders meeting.

The film includes 55 hours of in studio footage that was shot in early 1969-1970 featuring songs that have never been previously released. It will also include their final live performance on a rooftop in London. The footage stems from the Let It Be film sessions and has been restored.

“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,” Iger says at the meeting. “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.”

“Working on this project has been a joyous discovery,” Jackson shares. “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.”

“I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together,” Paul McCartney states. “The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.”

“I’m really looking forward to this film,” adds Ringo Starr. “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.”

The Beatles: Get Back is produced by Apple Corps Ltd and Jackson’s WingNut Films. Ken Kamins is executive producing it for WingNut Films with Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde for Apple Corps.

Park Road Post Production of Wellington, New Zealand restored the footage in which Iger says is “spectacular.” Jabez Olssen, who collaborated with Jackson on 2018’s They Shall Not Grow Old, is editing the film.

The film has the full support of Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. A fully restored version of the original Let It Be film is being planned for a later date.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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