Peter Jackson to direct film documenting The Beatles Let It Be studio sessions

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A NEW film based around 55 hours of never-seen-before footage of The Beatles in the studio has been revealed.

In an exciting new collaboration with award-winning director Sir Peter Jackson, the new film will be based on footage shot in the studio between January 2 and January 31, 1969.

These studio sessions produced the Grammy award-winning album Let It Be which was eventually released 18 months later in May 1970 - several months after the fab four parted ways.

Originally planned for a TV special, the filming turned into something different climaxing with the band's legendary performance on the roof of Apple's Savile Row office.

Peter said: "The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about - it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.

"I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth.

"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. 

"I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage - making the movie will be a sheer joy.”

Peter will work with his They Shall Not Grow Old partners, producer Clare Olssen and editor Jabez Olssen to restore the footage to a pristine standard using techniques developed for the WW1 documentary film.

The untitled film is currently in production and the release date will be announced soon.

Following the release of this new film, a restored version of the original Let It Be movie directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg will also be made available.


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