Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson just released a montage of the documentary he’s working on, The Beatles: Get Back. The film was originally slated to be released in 2020 but has been pushed back to Aug. 27, 2021.
Jackson created a montage from 56 hours of never-before seen film of the Fab Four from 1969. The teaser shows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star recording, writing songs and goofing around in the studio.
“We hope it will bring a smile to everyone’s faces and some much-needed joy at this difficult time,” Jackson said.
The footage is incredibly clear with Jackson using restoration techniques that he developed for a previous movie.
His movie draws from unseen footage shot in 1969 by the director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, originally for a television special that year, but the project was put aside. The band broke up three months later.
According to Disney, Get Back follows The Beatles “as they plan their first live show in over two years,” and write 14 new songs. It culminates in the band’s famous rooftop concert on Jan. 30, 1969 at The Beatles Apple Corps headquarters.
Four Beatles docus have been released previously: A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Help! (1965), Yellow Submarine (1968), and Let it Be (1970). There have been so many more movies inspired by the band and their music, the most recent being Yesterday (2019) by Danny Boyle.
Get Back is being made with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison.
And, yes, the montage did bring a smile to our faces.