- 18 Jun 21
The three-part docuseries is slated to premiere exclusively on streaming platform Disney+ in November.
Peter Jackson's The Beatles: Get Back is set for release on Disney+ later this year.
The Walt Disney Studios, Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd announced the November release dates for the three-part, six-hour-long docu-series which features a “wealth of tremendous footage Peter Jackson has reviewed, which he has spent the past three years restoring and editing," according to Disney.
The film was supposed to make its theatrical debut last year until the Covid-19 pandemic delayed its release.
The Lord of the Rings director is the first person in 50 years to have been given access to the private archives from Let It Be director Michael Lindsay-Hogg in January 1969, which includes over 60 hours of footage and 150 hours of unheard audio. The Beatles: Get Back will mark the first time the band’s iconic, final rooftop performance will be seen in its entirety.
The documentary will give fans an exclusive look at an iconic moment in music history, documenting how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr planned their first live show in over two years – what would be the famous rooftop performance – capturing the writing, recording sessions and rehearsing of 14 new songs originally intended for release on an accompanying live album.
“In many respects, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines," Jackson said of the film.
"The story of friends and of individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia – it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible.”
I’m very grateful to The Beatles, Apple Corps and Disney for allowing me to present this story in exactly the way it should be told. I’ve been immersed in this project for nearly three years, and I’m very excited that audiences around the world will finally be able to see it," he added.
The film has been made with the support of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
Speaking about the film Bob Iger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, The Walt Disney Company said “As a huge Beatles fan myself, I am absolutely thrilled that Disney+ will be the home for this extraordinary documentary series by the legendary filmmaker Peter Jackson."
“This phenomenal collection of never-before-seen footage offers an unprecedented look at the close camaraderie, genius songwriting, and indelible impact of one of the most iconic and culturally influential bands of all time, and we can’t wait to share The Beatles: Get Back with fans around the world.”
Ahead of the documentary’s Disney+ debut, a collectable The Beatles: Get Back book will be released on October 12. The 240-page hardcover complements the documentary with transcriptions of The Beatles’ recorded conversations and hundreds of exclusive, never before published photos from the three weeks of sessions.
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The documentary will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on November 25, 26 and 27.
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) June 17, 2021