Peter Jackson Has A New Beatles Documentary Coming In 2020
Peter Jackson has finally found a distributor for his new Beatles documentary. Disney will release the movie in September 2020! It provides a new look at the Beatles' Let It Be era and their final rooftop concert.
The new Peter Jackson documentary is titled The Beatles: Get Back. It uses archival footage to provide a new perspective on the band's recording of Let It Be as well as their final rooftop concert in 1969.
These events were chronicled in the Beatles documentary, also titled Let It Be, in 1969. But Jackson, the Lord of the Rings director, has created a new version of the events from previously unseen and unused footage from Let It Be.
The Beatles: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on Get Back
The two surviving Beatles, bassist Paul McCartney and drummer Ringo Starr, collaborated with Peter Jackson on the new film. They felt that Michael Lindsay-Hogg's 1969 Let It Be documentary mischaracterized the band as cold and spiteful.
McCartney said the new documentary "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."
Starr added: "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."
Beatle Ringo Starr speaks on The Beatles: Get Back documentary
The Beatles breakup and Let It Be, their last album
The Beatles recorded their final studio album, Let It Be, in 1969. The album was released in 1970, after they'd already broken up. As part of the original Let It Be documentary, the band famously performed on the rooftop of Apple Studio on January 30, 1969. It was their last public concert.
Peter Jackson's The Beatles: Get Back is an exciting development for Beatles fans and music fans in general. Jackson is, of course, known for directing the Lord of the Rings movie franchise, but he was also behind the archival footage documentary They Shall Not Grow Old in 2018. The film colourized and put spoken word tracks to footage from WWI.
See this new version of the Beatles' final 1969 sessions as a band in September 2020. We await a first trailer for The Beatles: Get Back before then!