Recently Paul McCartney took to Reddit promoting his new album, “McCartney III” and answering some fan questions. Some asked about the upcoming movie “Get Back”.
Paul said “I was very happily surprised when Peter Jackson told me he’d been reviewing the unseen 56 hours of footage and he found it to be entertaining and upbeat.” McCartney, too, is upbeat about it, saying he has since seen some clips. “It’s pretty exciting, I must say. Crazy!”
The film features intimate behind-the-scenes footage of the Fab Four and is compiled from more than 60 hours of unseen footage shot in January 1969.
Peter Jackson’s documentary “The Beatles: Get Back,” which was initially set for Sept. 4 of this year will now go close to a year later on Aug. 27, 2021. The move was announced by Disney.
The trailer of “Get Back” screened earlier this year reveals practically a different world: It’s brighter both visually and spiritually, with many, many shots of the Beatles joking around, making fun of each other, singing in silly accents and generally indulging in vintage Moptop hijinks.
It also includes additional footage from the group’s legendary 42-minute “rooftop performance” that caps the “Let It Be” film, which was their last live performance.Walt Disney Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to filmmaker Peter Jackson’s previously announced Beatles documentary, “Get Back,” which creates a new film from the hundreds of hours of footage that spawned the group’s 1970 swan song “Let It Be.”
Jeff Jones of Apple Records said because of the perception that the 1970 movie was a depressing look at the Beatles coming apart, Jackson was brought in to digitally clean up old footage, removing what reporter Jem Aswad described as the “murky, shadowy atmosphere” of the original. It’s a process similar to what the director did when colorizing the World War I footage in They Shall Not Grow Old.
“We have created a brand new film that will attempt to bust the myth that the Let It Be sessions were the final nail in the Beatles’ coffin,” Jones said.
According to Paul McCartney, who told a Canadian radio station the Beatles film may hit DVD and Blu-ray.
There’s about 56 hours of footage, and the overall feeling is very joyous and very uplifting. It’s like a bunch of guys making music and enjoying it.