Originally announced in 2019 and set for release last year, Peter Jackson‘s documentary on The Beatles was supposed to be a feature-length film set for a cinematic release. That is no longer the case – COVI19 and the launch of Disney+ now means that we’re getting something very different.
The Beatles: Get Back is based on over 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles, that was shot for Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s Let It Be, the 1970 film which effectively charted the final days of The Fab Four. Jackson decided that one film wasn’t enough and the documentary will be presented as three separate episodes. Each episode is approximately two hours in length, rolling across three days – 25, 26 and 27 November 2021, exclusively on Disney+.
This is what Jackson had to say about the film and the change in its release structure:
“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.
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. 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.”
More Beatles is always a good thing – but I have to admit that I’m going to be disappointed that this won’t be getting a big screen release. To see the remastered footage of John, Paul, George and Ringo in their prime would have been great – but hey, we’re getting six hours of them – so you can’t really complain.