Beatles fans rejoice! The iconic British pop-rockers have announced they will team with “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson to create an as-yet-untitled documentary, based on 55 hours of unseen footage that was filmed during the making of the band's 1970 motion picture “Let It Be.”
The seven-time Grammy winners dropped the news on Jan. 30 via Twitter. The film project was announced jointly by The Beatles' Apple Corp.Ltd. and Jackson's Wingnut Film in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the "Hey Jude" hitmaker's final public performance shown in “Let It Be,” which took place on Jan. 30, 1969 on a rooftop at the “Hey Jude” hitmaker's Apple headquarters in London's Savile Row.
The never-released footage was filmed in the studio between Jan. 2 through Jan. 31, 1968 by original “Let It Be” director Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Initially, the footage was intended to be part of a Beatles television special, but the project morphed into a movie, which depicts the band's impending demise and the unused portion has remained sealed from pubic view ever since. Click here for more details.
Following the release of the Jackson-helmed project, The Beatles will also release a restored edition of the original 1970 “Let It Be” film, which has not been available for home release since 1982 and has never been officially available in digital, DVD or Blu-ray format. Fans can check out restored footage of The Fab Four performing "Don't Let Me Down" from the rooftop concert above.
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,” writes Jackson in a press release posted at Universal Music. “It’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969.”
Beatles surviving bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr recently staged a surprise performance together along with Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood at McCartney's final concert of 2018, which took place Dec. 16 in London at The O2. Fans in the U.S. can catch Sir Paul during his upcoming Fresh Up Tour, which kicks off May 23 in New Orleans at Smoothie King Arena and wraps up July 13 in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. Grab your Paul McCartney tickets now at AXS.
Starr will also return to North America as part of his 30th anniversary All Starr Band Tour, which launches Aug. 1 in Windsor, ON, at The Colosseum at Caesars and wraps up Sept. 1 in Los Angeles at The Greek Theatre. Get your Ringo Starr tickets right here at AXS.