It’s no walk across Abbey Road, but John, Paul, George and Ringo are on the move as The Beatles: Get Back has shifted to become a Disney+ Original Series, according to Variety.
Initially, this was planned to be a theatrically-released film due to premiere in August, but due to the massive amount of footage director Peter Jackson has been able to assemble and restore from the outtakes of the documentary Let it Be, the project has shifted to the streaming service, with three episodes, each approximately two hours long, set to debut November 25th, 26th and 27th, 2021.
Jackson expressed his excitement about the project’s growth: “In many respects, [Let it Be director] Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines. The story of friends and of individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia – it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible. I’m very grateful to The Beatles, Apple Corps and Disney for allowing me to present this story in exactly the way it should be told. I’ve been immersed in this project for nearly three years, and I’m very excited that audiences around the world will finally be able to see it.”
Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger said about the move: “As a huge Beatles fan myself, I am absolutely thrilled that Disney+ will be the home for this extraordinary documentary series by the legendary filmmaker Peter Jackson. 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.”
Last December, Jackson shared a sneak peek of his work, which shows the band working in the studio as well as footage of the famous rooftop concert which proved to be their last live performance together.