The Walt Disney Studios, Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd. announced today that Disney + will present “The Beatles: Get Back,” a Disney + Original documentary series directed by Peter Jackson, to fans and music lovers around the world during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Due to the wealth of terrific footage Peter Jackson has reviewed, which he has spent the past three years restoring and editing, “The Beatles: Get Back” will be presented in three separate episodes. Each episode lasts approximately two hours and takes place over three days, November 25, 26 and 27, 2021, exclusively on Disney +.
“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 at 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: Get Back’ with fans around the world.
Peter Jackson commented: “In many ways, the remarkable images of Michael Lindsay-Hogg captured several 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.
Directed by three-time Oscar® winner Peter Jackson (“Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “They Won’t Get Old”), “The Beatles: Get Back” takes audiences back in time to the intimate recording sessions of the group during a pivotal moment in the history of music. The documentary showcases the warmth, camaraderie and creative genius that defined the legacy of the iconic quartet, compiled from over 60 hours of never-before-seen footage shot in January 1969 (by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and over 150 hours unpublished audio, all of them have been brilliantly restored. Jackson is the only person in 50 years who has had access to this private film archive. “The Beatles: Get Back” is the story of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they plan their first show in over two years, capturing the writing and rehearsal of 14 new songs, initially planned for release on an accompanying live album. The documentary features – for the first time in its entirety – the Beatles’ latest live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on Savile Row in London, as well as other classic songs and compositions featured on the last two group albums, Abbey Route and So be it.
An exciting new collaboration between The Beatles and Jackson presented by The Walt Disney Studios in association with Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd., “The Beatles: Get Back” is directed by Peter Jackson, produced by Clare Olssen (“They Shall Not Grow Old”) and Jonathan Clyde (“Eight Days a Week”), starring Ken Kamins (trilogy “The Hobbit”) and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones (“Eight Days a Week”) as executive producers. Jabez Olssen (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) is the documentary’s editor, and the music is mixed by Giles Martin (“Rocketman”) and Sam Okell (“Yesterday”).
“The Beatles: Get Back” is produced with the enthusiastic 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. Beautifully designed and produced, the 240-page hardcover complements the documentary “Get Back” 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.