Ron Howard to direct new Beatles documentary, the band’s first official film in 45 years

on July 16, 2014, 10:46am

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is set to direct a new full-length documentary on The Beatles, which will focus on the band’s touring years from 1960-1966.

The Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd has authorized the project, with full cooperation from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison. It marks the first official Beatles film since 1970′s Let it Be.

The film will highlight the Fab Four’s early days in Liverpool’s club scene with drummer Pete Best; their stint in Hamburg, Germany, which primed the quartet for superstardom; the rise of world-wide “Beatlesmania; and their 1966 final concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Following the San Francisco concert, The Beatles famously quit touring, only to one more “show”, on a rooftop three years later.

As Billboard reports, Howard detailed his vision for the documentary, saying: “What’s so intriguing to me is not only the subject, but the context we can bring to it now.” He added, “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. In a press release, Howard also said, “I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”

For the project, Howard will reunite with his longtime collaborator producer Brian Glazer, who worked on films like Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, and A Beautiful Mind. The film has also enlisted music-doc veterans Nigel Sinclair (Bob Dylan: No Direction Home) and Scott Pascucci (George Harrison: Living in the Material World) to produce along with executive producers Guy East and Michael Rosenberg.

The filmmakers are currently looking for fan submissions of Beatles live footage. They’ve asked fans for Beatles memorabilia, as well as “rare or unusual footage, photographs, and audio recordings, particularly those that highlight the fan experience.” They’re taking submissions here.

Below, watch a montage featuring various performances throughout the Beatles’ career.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

dslr camera reviews 2014
August 20, 2014 at 9:50 am

Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for your blog.
You have some really great articles and I feel I would be a good asset.
If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to
write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link back
to mine. Please send me an e-mail if interested.

July 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm

We only need the thing missing from the anthology,a detailed interview with Pete best,on the early days and why he was sacked.

July 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Not the first official film since Let It Be. The Beatles Anthology project was authorized by them as well. While not a feature length film, it certainly was an authorized documentary. Headline a bit misleading.

July 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm

The Beatles Anthology was a TV documentary series. This appears to be a feature-length, wide-release film. Semantics, yes, but I don’t find the headline misleading even when taking The Beatles Anthology into consideration.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,806 other followers