Peter Jackson to direct Beatles documentary movie

music news 31/01/2019

Fresh from his record-breaking documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old" Peter Jackson has set his eyes on making a documentary about the recording process of the band's final album with help from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

As was the case with "They Shall Not Grow Old" where Jackson found himself reviving archival footage from World War 1, the film will be cut from around 55 hours of never-released footage from the band's 1969 studio sessions which led to their final album "Let it Be" 

"I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth," says Jackson in press material. "After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it's simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. 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 — it's funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate."

The footage will be restored by Park Road Post in Wellington, using similar techniques from the Directors WW1 documentary film They Shall Not Grow Old.

The as-yet-untitled film is in production, with a release date still to come