RAMBLIN' REWIND: The Beatles: New film ready to show them 'Getting Back'

Friday, June 21, 2024

The Beatles are not going to let it be.

At least Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the two surviving Beatles are not. Neither are Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, the spouses of George Harrison and John Lennon — and that’s a good thing for music fans.

They’ve all on board for the release of a new film “The Beatles: Get Back,” directed by Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson, whose previous works include “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy: and “The Hobbit.”

Jackson has been working from 60 hours of footage originally shot by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, from which Lindsay-Hogg put together The Beatles’ 1970 documentary film, “Let It Be.”

Fans of the group were disappointed last year when the planned theatrical release of the “The Beatles: Get Back” ended up being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Producers scheduled a new theatrical release date set for Aug. 17, 2021.

Now, that’s apparently been put on hold, because Disney+ and Apple Corps, along with WingNut Film Productions, issued a joint statement June 17 saying “The Beatles: Get Back” is now set to air over three days — Nov. 25, 26 and 27 — on Disney+. Yep, that’s the Thanksgiving weekend.

While the bad news for Beatles fans is another delay, the good news is there will be a lot more to see. Each of the three airing dates is set to feature separate two-hour long episodes, with end result being a film that’s six hours long — obviously much longer than would have been screened in a movie theater in August.



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