|"The Beatles: Get Back is a front-row seat to the inner workings of the genius of those creators," said Disney executive chairman Bob Iger in announcing the film during the company´s annual shareholder meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Wednesday morning.
The film will showcase the warmth, camaraderie and humor of the making of the legendary band’s studio album, "Let It Be," and their final live concert as a group, the iconic rooftop performance on London’s Savile Row.
Jackson has previously said that he worked on the film with cooperation from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. For the project, which will follow the making of "Let It Be", Jackson pulled from 55 hours of unreleased footage of the band filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969 and 140 hours of largely unheard audio recordings from the Let It Be album sessions. The Beatles: Get Back also will feature footage of the band´s final live concert as a group, their rooftop performance on London´s Savile Row.
The footage has been brilliantly restored by Park Road Post Production of Wellington, New Zealand, and is being edited by Jabez Olssen, who collaborated with Jackson on 2018’s "They Shall Not Grow Old," the groundbreaking film which featured restored and colorized World War I archival footage. The music in the film will be mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios in London. With this pristine restoration behind it, "The Beatles: Get Back" will create a vivid, joyful and immersive experience for audiences.
"Working on this project has been a joyous discovery," Jackson said in a statement. "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."
Paul McCartney says, "I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together. The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had."
Ringo Starr says, "I’m really looking forward to this film. 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 also being made with the enthusiastic support of Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
The Beatles: Get Back is being presented in association with Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd. Jackson produces alongside Clare Olssen and Jonathan Clyde, with Ken Kamins and Apple Corps´ Jeff Jones serving as executive producers.
Michael Lindsay-Hogg directed the original Let It Be film, which was shot in 1969 but not released until 1970, after The Beatles had officially broken up. Disney says a fully restored version of the original Let It Be film will be released at a later date. This is new information, as the thought has been that the original film would come out re-mastered on DVD and blu-ray on its 50th anniversary in May 2020.
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