As per a press release from Walt Disney Studios, Peter Jackson’s “The Beatles: Get Back” documentary will be released in the U.S. on Sept. 4, 2020 after the mass media company acquired the distribution rights for the upcoming film.
The following is from the press release by Disney Studios:
“The Walt Disney Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson’s previously announced Beatles documentary. The film will showcase the warmth, camaraderie and humor of the making of the legendary band’s studio album, “Let It Be,” and their final live concert as a group, the iconic rooftop performance on London’s Savile Row. “The Beatles: Get Back” will be released by The Walt Disney Studios in the United States and Canada on September 4, 2020, with additional details and dates for the film’s global release to follow. The announcement was made earlier today by Robert A. Iger, Executive Chairman, The Walt Disney Company, at Disney’s annual meeting of shareholders.
No band has had the kind of impact on the world that The Beatles have had, and ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ is a front-row seat to the inner workings of these genius creators at a seminal moment in music history, with spectacularly restored footage that looks like it was shot yesterday,” says Iger of the announcement. “I’m a huge fan myself, so I could not be happier that Disney is able to share Peter Jackson’s stunning documentary with global audiences in September.”
Disney Studios also shared the following quotes from director Jackson as well as band members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr:
“I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together. The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.”
“I’m really looking forward to this film. Peter is great and it was so cool looking at all this footage. There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the version that came out. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that. I think this version will be a lot more peace and loving, like we really were.”
“Working on this project has been a joyous discovery. I’ve been privileged to be a fly on the wall while the greatest band of all time works, plays and creates masterpieces. I’m thrilled that Disney have stepped up as our distributor. There’s no one better to have our movie seen by the greatest number of people.”
Jackson is no stranger to working on documentaries, having made the World War I film “They Shall Not Grow Old” in 2018, as well as the documentary short “Over the Front: The Great War in the Air.” This project will mark Jackson’s first in two years and his first film of the new decade.
There have been dozens of films based on and looking at The Beatles, most recently Ron Howard’s “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week” which was nominated for Best Documentary at the BAFTA awards. Last year’s “Yesterday” from Danny Boyle was based on their music, while a biopic of John Lennon titled “Nowhere Boy” was released in 2009 to positive reviews.