|Disney has announced that Peter Jackson’s “Let it Be” documentary about The Beatles has been delayed by a year. It was scheduled to be released September 4th, but now it’s been pushed back to August 2021, but we´ll believe it when we see it.
What is now also up in the air is a 50th anniversary edition of the “Let it Be” album or any kind of re-release of the original “Let it Be” film. Internet detectives can find the film floating around on the web, and years ago it was commercially released on video and laser disc (not digitally cleaned up then), but officially it’s out of print.
The Jackson doc was planned to be culled-together never-before-seen disc of studio performances of The Beatles playing, performing and recording songs for the upcoming album and rooftop performance. Jackson, Starr and McCartney have said that there were plenty of light moments and lots of complete songs, enough to fill an entire DVD or blu Ray disc, but now that will come out further into the future.
Despite the lighter moments, the “Let it Be” film does show the group in several tense moments as Paul McCartney appears to be calling the shots. John Lennon is using Yoko Ono as an ally and shield. George Harrison is trying to be zen, although at one point he gets put off by Paul sort-of bossing him around. Ringo is just doing drumming as requested and one highlight in the original film is when Ringo plays his newly written “Octopus’s Garden” for George and George Martin on piano.
The Beatles legacy is so gargantuan now that the parties involved always have to compromise. Paul has said that nothing gets moved forward until all four (Paul, Ringo, Yoko and Olivia) agree. There were allegedly some squabbles during the release of The Anthology CDs regarding naming configurations that were eventually ironed out, Paul did not get his way on changing the order of some songs from Lennon-McCartney to McCartney-Lennon, which Paul had talked about publicly at the time.
As for Director Peter Jackson´s musical studio DVD that´s planned, Paul McCartney said in a statement last year, “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 added, “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.”
Peter Jackson has said, “Working on this project has been a joyous discovery. 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.”
Let´s hope the principals can truly "Let it Be" and let it out so we can all enjoy, while we´re still around.