On the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' "Rooftop Concert," some exciting news from Apple: Peter Jackson will be making a new film about the 'Get Back/Let It Be' sessions, using the 55 hours of unreleased footage - and the original film will be restored and reissued. Finally.
Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Ltd. Announce New Beatles Film
London – January 30, 2019 - Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Ltd. are proud to announce an exciting new collaboration between The Beatles and the acclaimed Academy Award winning director Sir Peter Jackson. The new film will be based around 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles in the studio, shot between January 2nd and January 31st, 1969. These studio sessions produced The Beatles’ Grammy Award winning album Let It Be, with its Academy Award winning title song. The album was eventually released 18 months later in May 1970, several months after the band had broken up.
The filming was originally intended for a planned TV special, but organically turned into something completely different, climaxing with The Beatles’ legendary performance on the roof of Apple's Savile Row London office — which took place exactly 50 years ago today.
Peter Jackson said, "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.”
Although The Beatles were filmed extensively during the 1960s - in concerts, interviews and movies - this is the only footage of any note that documents them at work in the studio.
The Let It Be album and movie, having been released in the months following The Beatles’ breakup, have often been viewed in the context of the struggle the band was going through at that time.
“I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth,” continues Jackson, “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”.
"I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage - making the movie will be a sheer joy.”
Jackson will be working with his They Shall Not Grow Old partners, Producer Clare Olssen and Editor Jabez Olssen. The footage will be restored by Park Road Post of Wellington, New Zealand, to a pristine standard, using techniques developed for the WW1 documentary film which has been nominated for a BAFTA for best documentary.
The untitled film is currently in production and the release date will be announced in due course. This film is being made with the full co-operation of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison.
The Executive Producers are Ken Kamins for WingNut Films and Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde for Apple Corps.
Following the release of this new film, a restored version of the original Let It Be movie directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg will also be made available.
Yeah, very. I'm very glad they decided to finally accept the original film and reissue it. I was really afraid they wouldn't.
I am very happy that the original film will be re-issued all cleaned up. I am looking forward to the Jackson film but I was afraid the original LIB would be forever shelved and thus the new film would be purely revisionism. Now it will be a modern supplement to the original and I am okay with that.
Post by John S. Damm on Feb 1, 2019 11:45:38 GMT -5
One thing I am worried about is whether there will be "talk overs" and the scattered contemporary interviews of just Paul and Ringo and/or a bunch of celebrities like Ron Howard did in "Eight Days A Week." In other words, I fear the standard "documentary" with partial performances then "talk overs" marring the performance or performances cut short cut as the film suddenly switches to a contemporary interview of mostly Paul and some of Ringo.
I am hoping that like with the original LIB, we will get just this bonus performance footage edited together in a coherent fashion letting the Beatles musical performances do all of the talking.
With John and George long gone, I get uncomfortable with only contemporary interviews of Paul and Ringo like in the Ron Howard film because Paul constantly rewrites history and Ringo just says really flippant things when laughs uproariously at his own statement!
Post by Steve Marinucci on Feb 1, 2019 18:01:29 GMT -5
Yeah, the first thing I noticed when they announced was the big-name director like with "Eight Days." That's a good point, though. Hope not.
A diamond necklace played the pawn Hand in hand some drummed along, oh To a handsome man and baton (Bygone, bygone) A blind class aristocracy Back through the opera glass you see The pit and the pendulum drawn (Bygone, bygone) Columnated ruins domino
This morning, WHAS11 TV in Louisville, announced the One World: Together at Home concert April 18 featuring Lady Ga Ga and others.
"Paul McCartney is another big name that's going to be part of that big special, so lets go to break with our editor Don's favorite song of his." They play Hope of Deliverance in the fade out to the break. Unfortunately, they play the "I will understand" part of the song and not the "We live in hope of deliverance" optimistic lines in the song.
nine: John S. Damm: I've got blisters on me fingers....from handling all of these re-issue Box Sets! No to mention Egypt Rain as well... Been a bit of a bumper year, Egypt, White Album and Wild Life/Red Rose.
Dec 28, 2018 1:04:40 GMT -5
John S. Damm: Postulate Era Paul Mania!
Jan 15, 2019 0:08:25 GMT -5
debjorgo: I thought I had a rash but it's PEP Mania breaking out!
Jan 15, 2019 19:42:01 GMT -5
stavros: Meditations, United Nations, Postulations...All we are saying is give PEP a chance....
Jan 20, 2019 17:25:57 GMT -5
Steve Marinucci: Where's the Egypt stationery??
Jan 23, 2019 15:43:02 GMT -5
John S. Damm: Get me on a train to Egypt Station where it is hot; I need to run from this Polar Vortex!
Jan 28, 2019 14:41:24 GMT -5
Steve Marinucci: Did you get your Egypt Station Traveller's Suitcase, John?
Feb 16, 2019 23:20:51 GMT -5
John S. Damm: Negative Steve! Paul wasn't joking when he sang, "I just wanna fuh you!"
Feb 17, 2019 13:32:19 GMT -5
Steve Marinucci: Isn't McCartney due to announce another box set? It's only been a week since the last one.
Mar 6, 2019 1:04:34 GMT -5
debjorgo: Peace and Love
Jul 7, 2019 11:07:25 GMT -5
hofner61: Paul should call his next album Liverpool Express.
Jul 24, 2019 5:57:13 GMT -5
John S. Damm: And release 10 different versions of it, knowing us saps will buy each version!
Aug 2, 2019 3:52:55 GMT -5
hofner61: I'm still listening to The Beatles after all these years. (y)
Oct 17, 2019 7:55:15 GMT -5
hofner61: Beatles fans don't have much to say nowadays, well, not on here anyway.
Jun 9, 2020 5:09:04 GMT -5
John S. Damm: Get ready for a flaming pie!
Jul 19, 2020 18:11:01 GMT -5