Director Peter Jackson’s hugely anticipated The Beatles: Get Back will roll out over three days in November as a Disney+ Original documentary series. The announcement has been made today (17) by Walt Disney Studios, Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd.
Jackson and his production team have restored and edited such a wealth of captivating footage for the project over the past three years that the results are to be presented as three separate episodes. Each will last for approximately two hours and will premiere on November 25, 26 and 27, 2021, exclusively on Disney+.
Bob Iger, executive chairman and chairman of the board, The Walt Disney Company, says: “As a huge Beatles fan myself, I am absolutely thrilled that Disney+ will be the home for this extraordinary documentary series by the legendary filmmaker Peter Jackson.
‘Phenomenal collection of footage’
“This phenomenal collection of never-before-seen footage offers an unprecedented look at the close camaraderie, genius songwriting, and indelible impact of one of the most iconic and culturally influential bands of all time, and we can’t wait to share The Beatles: Get Back with fans around the world.”
Jackson comments: “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.
‘The way the story should be told’
“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,” adds the director. “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 Beatles: Get Back is centered on the band’s intimate recording sessions in January 1969, as they plan their first live show in over two years. It depicts the writing and rehearsing of 14 new songs, which were originally intended for release on an accompanying live album. The documentary has the enthusiastic support of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison.
The sessions were filmed extensively at the time by Lindsay-Hogg. They display the warmth, camaraderie and creative genius of the iconic quartet and the new series has been compiled from over 60 hours of unseen footage and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, all of it brilliantly restored. Jackson is the only person in 50 years to be granted access to these private film archives.
The rooftop performance in full
For the first time in its entirety, audiences will see The Beatles’ final live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert in London’s Savile Row. The documentary also showcases other songs and classic compositions featured on their final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.
Directed by Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, They Shall Not Grow Old), The Beatles: Get Back is produced by Clare Olssen (They Shall Not Grow Old) and Jonathan Clyde (Eight Days a Week), with Ken Kamins (The Hobbit trilogy) and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones (Eight Days a Week) serving as executive producers. The documentary is edited by Jabez Olssen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), and the music is mixed by Giles Martin (Rocketman) and Sam Okell (Yesterday).
Ahead of the documentary’s debut on Disney+, Apple Corps Ltd./Callaway Arts & Entertainment will release the 240-page hardcover book The Beatles: Get Back on October 12. This beautiful volume complements the film with transcriptions of The Beatles’ recorded conversations and hundreds of exclusive, never before published photos from the three weeks of sessions. It will be published in nine international language editions.