Following on from 2018’s They Shall Not Grow Old, filmmaker Peter Jackson returns to the documentary genre this year with The Beatles: Get Back, and it has been announced this week that Disney has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the film and will release it this coming September.
“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,” said Disney’s Bob Iger. “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.”
“Working on this project has been a joyous discovery,” added Peter Jackson. “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.”
“I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together,” said Paul McCartney. “The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.”
“I’m really looking forward to this film,” added Ringo Star. “Peter is great and it was so cool looking at all this footage. 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.”
Directed by Jackson and with footage restored by Park Road Post Production of Wellington, New Zealand, The Beatles: Get Back will “showcase the warmth, camaraderie and humor of the making of the legendary band’s studio album Let It Be and their final live concert as a group, the iconic rooftop performance on London’s Savile Row.”
The Beatles: Get Back will release on September 4th 2020.