Well, this is very smart indeed, as Walt Disney Studios, Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd. have announced that The Beatles: Get Back, a Disney+ Original documentary series directed by Peter Jackson, to fans and music lovers worldwide!
I’m kinda loving Jackson’s passion projects as well, especially after the outstanding They Shall Not Grow Old in 2018, and now he’s spent the last three years restoring a wealth of footage, so The Beatles: Get Back will be three separate episodes, with each nearly two hours long, rolling out over three days, 25, 26 and 27 November 2021. Bob Iger Exec Chairman of the Walt Disney Company had this to say:
“As a huge Beatles fan myself, I am absolutely thrilled that Disney+ will be the home for this extraordinary documentary series by the legendary filmmaker Peter Jackson. This phenomenal collection of never-before-seen footage offers an unprecedented look at the close camaraderie, genius songwriting, and indelible impact of one of the most iconic and culturally influential bands of all time, and we can’t wait to share ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ with fans around the world.”
Peter Jackson added:
“In many respects, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines. The story of friends and of individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia – it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible.
He went on to say:
“I’m very grateful to The Beatles, Apple Corps and Disney for allowing me to present this story in exactly the way it should be told. I’ve been immersed in this project for nearly three years, and I’m very excited that audiences around the world will finally be able to see it.”
Directed by Jackson, The Beatles: Get Back is set to take audiences back in time to the band’s intimate recording sessions during a pivotal moment in music history. The documentary showcases the warmth, camaraderie and creative genius that defined the legacy of the iconic foursome, compiled from over 60 hours of unseen footage shot in January 1969 (by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, all of which has been brilliantly restored. Jackson is the only person in 50 years to have been given access to these private film archives. The Beatles: Get Back is the story of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they plan their first live show in over two years, capturing the writing and rehearsing of 14 new songs, originally intended for release on an accompanying live album. The documentary features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.
The Beatles: Get Back is being made with the enthusiastic support of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. Ahead of the documentary’s Disney+ debut, Apple Corps Ltd./Callaway Arts & Entertainment will also release The Beatles: Get Back book on 15 October: https://amzn.to/35A9PwE
It’ll be a 240-page hardcover that complements the Get Back documentary with transcriptions of The Beatles’ recorded conversations and hundreds of exclusive, never before published photos from the three weeks of sessions. The collectible book will be published in nine international language editions, including English and you can pre-order now https://amzn.to/35A9PwE