Will New Version of ‘Let It Be’ Shatter Your View of The Beatles?
Peter Jackson is set to release his own version of the film ‘Let It Be’ documenting studio days that Paul McCartney has described as “hell. . .the most miserable sessions on earth” and that George Harrison actually walked out on. So there is great potential for a more warts-and-all version of the film that spotlights the divisions within the band that did not make it into the original version.
The new film will be based around 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles in the studio shot in 1969 between January 2 and January 31 according to a press release. These studio sessions produced the album, Let It Be, which was eventually released several months after the band had broken up.
Peter Jackson said "The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate 'fly on the wall' experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about - it's like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together."
"I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth," continues Jackson, "After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it's simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there's moments of drama - but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating - it's funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate."
"I'm thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage - making the movie will be a sheer joy."
Following the release of this new film, a restored version of the original Let It Be movie directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg will also be made available.
Source: PRN Newswire