Published Mar 11, 2020Last January, it was announced that Peter Jackson was helming a Beatles documentary featuring archival footage from their Let It Be recording sessions. Now, the director's forthcoming feature Get Back has a theatrical release date.
Named after Let It Be's first single, Get Back will land in theatres on September 4, both in Canada and the United States.
As previously reported, Jackson had access to 55 hours of footage that was originally shot by Michael Lindsay-Hogg during the group's 1969 sessions at Abbey Road studio, in addition to the band's complete 42-minute farewell performance on the roof of their Apple label office.
"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," Jackson previously said in a statement, calling the collection of film "an amazing historical treasure trove."
In a press release, outgoing Disney CEO Bob Iger called Get Back "a front-row seat to the inner workings of these genius creators at a seminal moment in music history, with spectacularly restored footage that looks like it was shot yesterday."
Get Back has received approval from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as John Lennon and George Harrison's widows, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.
"I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about the Beatles recording together," McCartney offered. "The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had."
Starr added: "I'm really looking forward to this film. Peter is great and it was so cool looking at all this footage. There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the version that came out. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that. I think this version will be a lot more peace and loving, like we really were."
Another documentary focused on John Lennon's final year is expected to see release this year.