Director Peter Jackson has given a sneak preview of his upcoming documentary based on the Beatles' Let It Be film.
The screening took place at Universal Music's annual showcase, which coincides with the Grammy Awards. Variety reports that Jeff Jones of Apple Records said that many had considered the original film a depressing look at the band's break up.
Impressed with Jackson's work colourising the World War I footage, they have enlisted him to work on this film.
"We have created a brand new film that will attempt to bust the myth that the Let It Be sessions were the final nail in the Beatles' coffin," he explains.
Reporter Jem Aswad described Jackson's success in bringing the film back to life, "An amazing counter-narrative to [the] Let It Be film has ensue," he wrote. "It's brighter both visually and spiritually, with many, many shots of the Beatles joking around, making fun of each other, singing in silly accents and generally indulging in vintage mop-top hijinks. It also features many scenes of the group rehearsing songs from the Abbey Road album — their true swan song, which would be recorded over the following summer — and even rough versions of songs that would appear on solo records. On the basis of this clip, Beatles fans will lose their minds over this film."
Watch the old 'Let it Be' trailer below.
The film was announced over a year ago, explaining that he was given access to 55 hours of video and 140 hours of audio to create the "ultimate 'fly on the wall' experience" about the sessions. He described it as an "amazing treasure trove" and found the material to be funny, uplifting and "surprisingly intimate".
The title and release date of Jackson's project have yet to be announced yet, however, there are rumours that the film will be titled 'Get Back', an ode to the album's original title.