Common Beatles lore is that recording Let It Be, the band’s final studio album, was dreary and tumultuous. So news of a new documentary from Peter Jackson, with footage showing the fab four actually having fun and acting like, well, The Beatles during this time was exciting. Even more exciting is that after being delayed a year, the doc is finally being released not as a single movie, but a three-part documentary.
Of course, Peter Jackson is no stranger to making trilogies and long movies, having directed the Academy Award-winning LOTR trilogy and less award-winning Hobbit trilogy. Not to mention that super-long King Kong remake. (No, not that one.) Now he’s turned his attention away from dragons and dungeons to British rock bands and recording studios.
Jackson poured through tons of archival footage of the Beatles during a rocky time in the band’s history. When he’s done stitching it all together, the complete work will consist of three two-hour installments airing over Thanksgiving weekend on Disney+.
From TheBeatles.com: “The Beatles: Get Back” is the story of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they plan their first live show in over two years, capturing the writing and rehearsing of 14 new songs, originally intended for release on an accompanying live album. The documentary features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.”
Peter Jackson is the first person in 50 years to gain access to this footage, and he didn’t take the honor lightly.
“In many respects, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines. The story of friends and of individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia – it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible.”
Jackson added, “I’m very grateful to The Beatles, Apple Corps, and Disney for allowing me to present this story in exactly the way it should be told. I’ve been immersed in this project for nearly three years, and I’m very excited that audiences around the world will finally be able to see it.”
The documentary will premiere on Disney+ on, with episodes airing on November 25th, 26th and 27th, which should be the perfect excuse to bond with and/or ignore your own family!