Director Peter Jackson’s longtime Beatles documentary will debut in three two-hour episodes over three days – November 25, 26 and 27 – exclusively on Disney +.
The Walt Disney Studios, Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd. announced the dates of The Beatles: Come Back, a Disney + Original documentary series directed by Jackson that according to Disney features a “wealth of terrific footage that Peter Jackson has reviewed, which he has spent the past three years restoring and editing.”
“As a huge Beatles fan myself, I am absolutely delighted that Disney + is home to this extraordinary documentary series from legendary filmmaker Peter Jackson,” said Bob Iger, executive chairman and chairman of the board of The Walt. Disney Company. “This phenomenal collection of never-before-seen footage offers an unprecedented look into the close camaraderie, genius songwriting and indelible impact of one of the most iconic and culturally influential bands of all time, and we can’t wait to share The Beatles: Come Back with fans from all over the world.
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Jackson said, “In many ways, the remarkable images of Michael Lindsay-Hogg captured multiple storylines. The story of friends and individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It’s a detailed account of the creative process, with the making of iconic songs under pressure, in the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia – it’s raw, honest and human. In six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy you never thought possible.
He added, “I am very grateful to The Beatles, Apple Corps and Disney for allowing me to present this story exactly as it should be told. I have been immersed in this project for almost three years and I am very happy that audiences around the world can finally see it.
The Beatles: Come Back takes the audience back in time to the group’s intimate recording sessions at a pivotal moment in musical history. The documentary was compiled from over 60 hours of unreleased footage shot in January 1969 by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and over 150 hours of previously unreleased audio, all restored.
Jackson is the only person in 50 years who has had access to this private film archive. The Beatles: Come Back tells John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they plan their first show in over two years – what would be the famous rooftop performance – capturing the writing and rehearsal of 14 new songs originally intended to be published on an accompanying live album.
For the first time ever, the Rooftop Performance – the Beatles’ last live performance as a group – will be seen in its entirety. The music for the documentary is, of course, the songs and compositions featured on the band’s last two albums, Abbey Route and So be it.
The Beatles: Come Back is directed by Jackson, produced by Clare Olssen and Jonathan Clyde, with Ken Kamins and Jeff Jones of Apple Corps as executive producers. Jabez Olssen is the documentary’s editor and the music is mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell.
The Beatles: Come Back is produced with the support of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
Ahead of the Disney + documentary’s debut, Apple Corps Ltd./Callaway Arts & Entertainment will release The Beatles: Come Back delivers on October 12. The 240-page hardcover complements the documentary with transcriptions of recorded Beatles conversations and hundreds of exclusive, never-before-released photos from the three-week sessions. The collector’s book will be published in nine editions in international languages, including English.