Lord of the Rings’ Peter Jackson to Helm Beatles Documentary

On the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ final public performance before the band members parted ways, it has been announced that Lord of the Rings director Sir Peter Jackson will be working on an upcoming documentary based on 55 hours of never-released footage shot in the studio between January 2 and January 31, 1969.

The news, confirmed by the band’s Twitter account, states that the footage was filmed during the studio sessions for the Grammy-winning album Let It Be, which was released in 1970 — several months after the band broke up. The content, which climaxed with The Beatles’ unexpected final performance on the roof of Apple’s Savile Row London office, was originally saved for a planned TV special. Nevertheless, Jackson is excited to share the 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio with the world, guaranteeing it will be “the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about.”

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“I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure trove,” he continued. “Sure there’s moments of drama- but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating- its funny, uplifting, and surprisingly intimate.”

Hailed as the best-selling band in history, The Beatles have constantly been referenced in music, television and film — a trend that continues to this day. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr would continue to influence and inspire music in their own individual fashion even after the band broke up in 1970. The band’s iconic music was last featured in the 2007 musical Across the Universe.

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