Fresh from his incredible war doco They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson has turned his attention to The Beatles and their classic Let It Be sessions.
It was their last released album – Abbey Road was actually recorded after it – and led to the famous rooftop gig that The Simpsons parodied so well with the fifth season episode Homer’s Barbershop Quartet.
Jackson’s film, officially sanctioned by the surviving Beatles, intends to “showcase the warmth, camaraderie and humour of the making of the legendary band’s studio album, Let It Be, and their final live concert as a group, the iconic rooftop performance on London’s Savile Row.” As such, it is expected to be quite different to the original Michael Lindsay-Hogg directed Let It Be movie that released back in 1970.
It will also include the entire 42-minute rooftop concert.
Entitled The Beatles: Get Back, all the footage – compiled from some 55 hours of previously unseen stuff – has been painstakingly restored, and if They Shall Not Grow Old was any indication, this should look amazing. George Martin’s son, noted music producer in his own right Giles Martin, has been let loose mixing the music for modern systems.
“I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together,” says Paul McCartney. “The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.”
Says Ringo Starr: “I’m really looking forward to this film. Peter is great and it was so cool looking at all this footage. There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the version that came out. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that. I think this version will be a lot more peace and loving, like we really were.”
Peter Jackson says: “Working on this project has been a joyous discovery. I’ve been privileged to be a fly on the wall while the greatest band of all time works, plays and creates masterpieces.”
All going well, The Beatles: Get Back will hit cinemas this September.
We would like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and we hope we’ve passed the audition.