Disney has announced they’ve acquired the rights to Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary, The Beatles: Get Back.
The film focuses on the band during the making of their final studio album, “Let It Be” and their final live concert as a group.
Paul McCartney says, “I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together. The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.”
Disney Executive Chairman, Bob Iger made the announcement during the company’s annual shareholders meeting.
“No band has had the kind of impact on the world that The Beatles have had, and ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ is a front-row seat to the inner workings of these genius creators at a seminal moment in music history, with spectacularly restored footage that looks like it was shot yesterday,” says Iger of the announcement. “I’m a huge fan myself, so I could not be happier that Disney is able to share Peter Jackson’s stunning documentary with global audiences in September.”
The documentary uses more than 55 hours of unseens footage shot by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, who shot the 1970 documentary Let It Be. It’ll also feature over 140 hours of unheard audio recordings from The Beatles’ “Let It Be” album sessions.
A fully restored version of the original Let It Be film will be released at a later date.
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. I’m thrilled that Disney have stepped up as our distributor. There’s no one better to have our movie seen by the greatest number of people.”
The Beatles: Get Back is directed by Jackson and produced by Jackson, Clare Olssen (They Shall Not Grow Old) and Jonathan Clyde, with Ken Kamins and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones serving as executive producers.
The Beatles: Get Back is set to be released in theatres on Septembe 4th, 2020 in Canada and the US. Additional details for the film’s global release will follow.