Renowned film director, Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), is partnering up with the Beatles for his next documentary project which will include never before seen footage. Jackson will be working with 55 hours of behind-the-scenes video and 140 hours of audio from January 1969 when the Beatles recorded Grammy-winning album, Let It Be.
The feature length documentary is being made with the approval and cooperation of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison. Jackson stated that he wants the documentary to capture the time and people in it accurately and with a renewed vividness, giving fans the opportunity to experience the Beatles in a new way.
The footage will be restored using techniques that Jackson worked with on his last project, a World War I documentary called They Shall Not Grow Old. This restoration, completed by Park Road Post of Wellington, New Zealand, will make the film even more remarkable by bringing authentic footage from the 60s into the modern-day standard.
This will be the only documentary that shows the Beatles at work in the studio, not just in concerts and interviews. Jackson says that this side of them shows their real dynamic, which was fun and intimate, without the high drama that is depicted in most media coverage.
The film will be available with a restored version of the original Let It Be film but the release date is yet to be determined.