Peter Jackson is Taking a ‘Long and Winding Road’ for a Beatles Doc

Peter Jackson is Taking a ‘Long and Winding Road’ for a Beatles Doc

The ingenue behind Tolkien’s tale of Middle Earth has an itching that only the premiere minds of film making can scratch — he’s been in the mood to make documentaries.

In fact, Peter Jackson has confirmed (via The New York Times) that he will take on an archival documentary of the most influential band in music history: The Beatles.

In an astonishing Ken Burns-esque approach, Jackson plans on forensically dissecting 55 hours of never-before-seen footage of the band’s 1969 studio sessions that led to their 12th and final album, “Let It Be.”

“This movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about,” Jackson said in a statement. “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.”

Audiophiles to music historians, disc jockeys to iTunes subscribers. Regardless of where you fall in your own musical genre of taste, it’s very likely the musical tree where your fave takes root came to us because of what four bowl-headed guys from Manchester, UK brought to the United States.

And now, Peter Jackson may create the most definitive point of view we’ve ever seen on the Fab Four.

While there has been no release date set for the untitled documentary, it seems likely to be released in 2020 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the film release of Let It Be.

Not for nothing, but the guy has that magical elven touch when it comes to these films too. Have you seen the trailer for his first foray as a documentarian, They Shall Not Grow Old? The film features actual (but magically restored) and technicolorized footage from World War I, to use Jackson’s words, “as the soldiers themselves saw each other.”

Yes, my precious. Yes, please. They Shall Not Grow Old will be in theaters this weekend. Do yourself a solid — go!


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