Ron Howard has revealed his plans to produce and direct an authorized documentary about the breakthrough years (1960-1966) of The Beatles. According to Rolling Stone, the as-yet-untitled project will include new interviews with the band’s surviving members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono and George Harrison’s wife Olivia.
“What’s so compelling to me is the perspective that we have now, the chance to really understand the impact that they had on the world,” Howard told the site. “That six-year period is such a dramatic transformation in terms of global culture and these remarkable four individuals, who were both geniuses and also entirely relatable. That duality is something that is going to be very interesting to explore.”
In order to make the most complete story possible, Howard and his co-producers (Nigel Sinclair, Brian Glazer, Scott Pascucci) will be pulling footage from the Apple Corps archives and fan-shot concerts that have never been shared on an international scale before.
“We are going to be able to take the Super 8 footage that we found,” explained Howard, “that was all shot silent. We’ll not only be able to digitally repair a lot of that, but we’ve also been finding the original recordings. We can now sync it up and create a concert experience so immersive and so engaging, I believe you’re going to actually feel like you’re somewhere in the ’60s, seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it. And as a film director, that’s a fantastic challenge.”
A late 2015 release is expect for the film. In the meantime, here’s the trailer for a recently remastered version of A Hard Day’s Night…