Director Peter Jackson is set to wade through some 55 hours of previously unseen video and 140 hours of audio to construct a documentary on The Beatles and their (arguably) final album, Let It Be.
After the success of his WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, both as a film and in terms of the processes developed to revive old footage, it’s exciting to think how this treasure trove will scrub up in Jackson’s hands.
Made with the full co-operation of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, Jackson plans for the doco to give us “fly on the wall” access to the making of Let It Be.
“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 dreamed 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.”
Of course there’s already a Let It Be film, as made by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. However, this production will delve deeper into the story of how the band came together – and fell apart – while making the album.
“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,” says Jackson. “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.”
There’s no release date for the project as yet.