Peter Jackson will direct a documentary about the final album by The Beatles, Let It Be. Often considered the fathers of modern pop music, the popularity of Liverpool’s Fab Four has not faded since their 1960s heyday and new generations of fans continue to discover the musical exploits of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The demise of The Beatles is a frequent topic of discussion among fans but whatever the reason for their split, their final record would prove to be 1970’s Let It Be. Released after the band had already parted ways, the album contained eternal songs such as “The Long and Winding Road” and “Get Back” and was accompanied by the release of a behind the scenes film.
Peter Jackson is best known for his award-winning cinematic interpretation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and his subsequent attempt at adapting The Hobbit into a further three movies. More recently, Jackson wrote and produced Mortal Engines and directed They Shall Not Grow Old, a World War I documentary that colorized genuine film footage from the period and added voice performances from contemporary actors.
It has now been confirmed by the official Beatles Twitter account that Jackson will direct a feature length documentary about the recording and release of Let It Be. Jackson’s film will utilize footage of the Let It Be recording sessions that was originally shot for the 1970 documentary but never used.
Naturally, this announcement will be music to ears of the many Beatles fans across the world and will provide insight into one of the most interesting periods of the band’s history. Attracting Peter Jackson to the project is also a huge coup for the film and his recent experience in modernizing old footage with They Shall Not Grow Old makes him an ideal choice for this project. Logically speaking, Jackson should have a slightly easier time working with footage from the ’60s than with WWI-era film and this will likely result in gloriously defined and vividly colored shots of the band, the likes of which Beatles fans have never previously seen.
However, any fans expecting Jackson’s documentary to delve into the tension that ultimately led to the breakup of The Beatles should temper their expectations. This topic was somewhat explored in the original 1970 film about the making of Let It Be but surviving band members McCartney and Starr have shown little interest in revisiting the ill will of that period. Instead, Peter Jackson’s movie looks set to focus more on the music and friendship that the band had in common than the external issues that were dividing them at the time.
Peter Jackson‘s Beatles documentary is currently without a release date. More news as it arrives.
Source: The Beatles/Twitter