The Beatles announced on Wednesday that it will be working with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson on a new film.
The announcement came on the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ wherein John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr performed live for one last time on the rooftop of the Apple Corps offices in London.
“We are proud to announce an exciting new collaboration between The Beatles and the acclaimed Academy Award-winning director Sir Peter Jackson,” said in the band’s official Instagram account.
The upcoming film will be based around 55 hours of never-released footage in the studio that was shot in January 1969.
“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,” Jackson said.
The film is being made with full co-operation of members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono, and George Harrison’s wife Olivia Harrison.
“I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth,” Jackson continued, “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”.
“I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage – making the movie will be a sheer joy,” he added.
After the new movie is released, a restored version of the 1970 film will also be made available.
Jackson said the film will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have been waiting for. “Iit’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”.
No release date has been set yet.
The Beatles is behind hits such as “In My Life”, Hey Jude”, “Twist and Shout”, and “Here Comes the Sun”.