Lord of The Rings director Peter Jackson is set to oversee a music documentary of unseen Beatles material. The doc is reported to be assembled from 55 hours of footage of the band at work in the studio.
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison have all allegedly signed off on the project. The footage was filmed in 1969 between January 2nd till the 31st. In the recorded film material we witness the group working on the project that would become Let It Be.
Jackson spoke of the forthcoming documentary,
“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.”
According to Ultimate Classic Rock, the footage was going to be made into a special for television. The shooting of the footage concludes with the Beatles playing their infamous live set on the rooftop of the Apple records building on Savile Row in London town.
These sessions were eventually crafted and edited into a record and a feature film both called Let It Be. The film and the album were then released after the Beatles split.
Jackson spoke of the invaluable material he came across while creating the new documentary,
“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.”
The film still remains in production and has no title with a release date still unknown. UCR also reports that Jackson’s film will be followed by a restored edition of the original Let It Be movie.
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