Ron Howard has directed quite a few fab films over the years, including 2002's Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind. Now he'll be behind the lens for a new authorized Beatles documentary about the Fab Four's years as a touring act. The upcoming movie is being made with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison -- the respective widows of John Lennon and George Harrison.
"I am excited and honored to be working…on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964," says Howard in a statement. "Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."
The film will follow The Beatles' career from their first concerts in 1961 at the Cavern Club in their hometown of Liverpool, England, through their last public show in August 1966 at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. During that period, the band played a total of 166 gigs in 15 countries and 90 cities across the globe. The flick is expected to include rare fan-submitted footage and audio recordings of the Beatles in concert gathered by the One Voice One World production company, which brought the documentary project to The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd.
The movie also will delve into the Beatlemania phenomenon and cultural impact the band and its performances had around the world, in context with the political and social climate of the time.
The film is being co-produced by Apple Corps; Image Entertainment, the production company Howard founded with Brian Grazer; and White Horse Pictures, whose co-founder, filmmaker Nigel Sinclair, has previously worked on such acclaimed rock documentaries as George Harrison: Living in the Material World, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, and Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who. Sinclair tells The Hollywood Reporter that he hopes the Beatles flick will hit theaters by late 2015.
For information about the upcoming movie, visit TheBeatlesLiveProject.com.
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