The Beatles Will Finally “Let It Be!”
50 years after The Beatles made pop culture history with their London rooftop mini-concert, “Lord Of The Rings” Director Peter Jackson has announced that he will make a new documentary using all of the “Let It Be” movie footage!
Deadline.com is reporting this incredible new for Beatles fans:
“Peter Jackson and The Beatles are coming together. Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Ltd. are teaming the director of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and The Beatles for a feature documentary. Jackson will direct a movie that is based on 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles in the studio. Shot between January 2 and January 31, 1969, the studio sessions produced The Beatles’ Grammy Award winning album Let It Be, with its Academy Award winning title song. The result was the swan song of the super group: the album was released 18 months later in May 1970, several months after the band had broken up.”
The article says that everyone is onboard with the project: McCartney, Ringo, Yoko and Olivia Harrison have all signed off on this new movie.
Deadline goes on to include this great quote from Jackson:
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,” Jackson said. “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 honored to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage – making the movie will be a sheer joy.”
This is such exciting news for music fans of all ages – as some of you know, I own the original “Let It Be”, which was released briefly on VHS in the US before being pulled:
Here are some of the clips from the film:
What an exciting day for music fans!
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