Ron Howard Will "Offer A Unique Experience" When Directing Beatles Concert Documentary
The 60 year-old filmmaker will be taking the helm of the documentary that will depict the British group's rise to global stardom through live acts.
Ron Howard is set to take on what could be one of the most important projects of his career. The filmmaker will direct a documentary that focuses on The Beatles' rise to fame through concert shows, from their humble beginnings in Liverpool, to their very last performance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.
The forthcoming movie, which is looking at a late 2015 release date, luckily has the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison., who are all expected to work closely with the producers.
Howard will take the helm of the forthcoming Beatles documentary
Howard will attempt to translate The Beatles' journey, approximately from 1960 to 1966, onto the big-screen by focusing on the period the British band garnered global recognition, including the emergence of Beatlemania.
The 60 year-old director, who is known for such films as 'A Beautiful Mind,' 'The Da Vinci Code,' and 'Apollo 13,' described the project as a "chance to offer a unique experience."
"What's so intriguing to me is not only the subject, but the context we can bring to it now," he said. "Not only can we do a study of these touring years, the narrative of an odyssey, we can look at the significance of the Beatles as individuals - as musical geniuses, as societal leaders and their effect on global culture. Dramatically it makes a lot of sense and cinematically, we have a chance to offer a unique experience."
Nigel Sinclair, who is a Grammy-Award winning producer, will also work on the documentary with his White Horse Pictures company.
The Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964
"The way the Beatles burst onto the scene in Britain was an overwhelming social, cultural and musical phenomenon, but was even then eclipsed by that extraordinary explosion on the American scene and then the world," Sinclair added.
The Beatles began playing shows in 1961 at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, and began touring all over Europe 1963. But their popularity skyrocketed after appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show in the US in 1964. By 1966 Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison had played 166 shows in 90 different cities around the world.