This November, Beatles fans
have a lot to be grateful for thanks to Disney
According to a press release, the streaming service will debut “The Beatles
: Get Back,” an original documentary
directed by Peter Jackson
of “The Lord of the Rings.”
The film was created using 60 hours of footage and more than 150 hours of audio recorded in January 1969 for "Let It Be," a 1970 documentary about the making of the album of the same name.
While "Get Back" covers the same ground as "Let It Be," it does so from a different perspective, both literally and metaphorically, to the point where Jackson refers to it as a "documentary about the documentary," according to Vanity Fair.
Nonetheless, unless absolutely necessary, Jackson avoided reusing footage from the original film.
“One of our mantras is that ‘Let It Be’ is one movie, and our movie is a different movie, and we’re trying not to repeat any footage, with one or two tiny exceptions where we can’t do anything else,” Jackson explained, “but we’re trying not to step on ‘Let It Be’s’ toes so that it is still a film with a reason to exist, and our movie will be a supplement to it.”
The new film is a departure from the original, which depicted the Beatles on the verge of disbanding, and Jackson admits he was nervous when he first saw the raw footage.
“I was waiting for it to go bad, and I had a kind of heavy heart,” Jackson admitted, “but what I discovered is that I was laughing continuously. I was laughing and laughing and laughing, and I didn’t stop.”
Jackson also realized that there was too much footage for a two-hour film, so he split "Get Back" into three two-hour episodes.
The first episode will be available on the streaming service on November 25th, with the remaining episodes following on November 26th and 27th.
After seeing some of the footage used in "Get Back," McCartney remarked, "Look, this stuff's fantastic, because at the end of the day, I'm a Beatles fan," according to Jackson.
A sneak preview is available below.