Ron Howard is set to direct a documentary on The Beatles. According to THR, it will trace their days from the clubs of Liverpool, England and Hamburg, Germany, to their final appearance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.
This is an authorized documentary and Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison are cooperating with it and the producers involved. This will be the first Beatles movie to be made since Let It Be in 1970.
Howard had this to say in a statement:
“What’s so intriguing to me is not only the subject, but the context we can bring to it now. Not only can we do a study of these touring years, the narrative of an odyssey, we can look at the significance of the Beatles as individuals—as musical geniuses, as societal leaders and their effect on global culture. Dramatically it makes a lot of sense and cinematically, we have a chance to offer a unique experience.”
The film will include footage of the Beatles that was shot in 8mm and Super 8 that has never been seen by the public. Producers are also reaching out to collectors and "finding soundboard recordings, some of which are multi-track, which can now be married." Howard talked about his experience with the legendary band saying:
“My 10th birthday was all about me getting a Beatle wig. While my knowledge isn’t encyclopedic, I’m a lifelong fan and I’m fascinated by what they’ve meant.”
Producer Nigel Sinclair added:
“The Beatles came at a time when people assumed ownership of their stars. I think you can’t tell the story of popular music and its place in popular culture without looking at the live concert relationship between artist and audience. When the Beatles started, it was the job of artists is to tell people like me how we should live our lives. That was one of the massive changes that these four people wrought upon us.
“One of the things that interests Ron and I very much is the word exceptionalism. There is something utterly exceptional about the Beatles beyond any other musical group. I’m hoping, as we go on this journey together and piece together (this film), when it’s finished, you get an understanding of that.”
As a huge fan of The Beatles, I couldn't be more excited that Howard is the director working on this documentary. I'm excited to see what he and the rest of the team brings to it.