Howard's documentary will feature previously unseen archive footage, as well as new interviews with the surviving Beatles.
Big news, Beatles fans: a new authorised documentary on the rock icons is in the works, with Ron Howard slated to direct. The film will include new interviews with both surviving members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, the surviving wives of John Lennon and George Harrison. The production has been authorised by Apple Corps Ltd., the band's holding company.
Nearly 45 years after their break-up, fans of The Beatles are still hungry for more from the iconic band.
As for the subject matter, the as-of-yet-unnamed documentary is slated to focus on the band’s earliest years, between 1960 and 1966, during which the Liverpool foursome released 20 studio and live records in total, from their first record Please Please Me, released in ’63 to the 1966 landmark, Revolver.
The period is an especially turbulent one in the band’s history and the documentary is likely to chart their meteoric rise to fame, the very beginning of the Beetlemania days. It includes their time on the nightclub circuit in Liverpool and Germany, a very polarizing appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, the release of their debut film, "A Hard Day's Night" (currently rereleased in theaters), and their final official concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966.
Besides the interviews, Howard and rock-doc veteran Nigel Sinclair (No Direction Home: Bob Dylan) have teased some never before seen concerts, recreated using original sound recordings, material from the Apple Corps archives and amateur footage. The filmmakers already have obtained some material from the final show in San Francisco, according to Newsday.
The documentary has no projected release date yet.
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