Never-before-seen footage of the Beatles has emerged and director Peter Jackson will be at the helm of a new film that will be based around the 1969 studio sessions.
Jackson was given full access to 55 hours of film which captured the Fab Four between January 2nd and January 31st, 1969, while the band worked on what was to be their final album Let It Be.
As of now the movie, which is the result of a collaboration between Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Ltd, remains untitled, but Jackson spoke about the movie and was understandable upbeat: “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.
“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.”
Jackson also added: “I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage – making the movie will be a sheer joy.”
The film is all systems go and is in full-on production mode. As for the living members and the estates of Lennon and Harrison, the movie is being made with the full co-operation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison.
The movie’s release date will be announced in the near future.