Peter Jackson Directing New Beatles Documentary

The Beatles in the studio working on their final album Let It Be

The Beatles in the studio working on their final album Let It Be

Created in conjunction with Apple Corps Ltd., the company that oversees all Beatles-related film and publishing, the as-yet untitled film will be built around 55 hours of never-released studio footage, all of it shot between January 2 and 31, 1969.

It seems director Peter Jackson has got the documentary bug.

Let It Be was the final album the group recorded together - and was released several months after the band had already broken up.

As was the case with They Shall Not Grow Old, which found Jackson reviving a trove of archival World War I footage, the Lord of the Rings filmmaker is mining 55 hours of unreleased footage of the band, using restoration techniques to render it in modern quality.

The "Let It Be" album and film were released in May 1970, after The Beatles broke up, and the unseen footage had originally be planned for a television program.

Jackson has said in a press release that the film "will be the ultimate "fly on the wall" experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about".

The band performed live together for the last time on Apple's offices London rooftop on January 30, 1969.

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The Beatles at Wellington Airport during their New Zealand tour in 1964.

"Sure, there´s moments of drama, but none of the discord this project has always been associated with", he said.

"Watching (them)... work together, creating now classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating - it's amusing, uplifting and surprisingly intimate". "I'm thrilled and honored to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage - making the movie will be a sheer joy".

Jackson has teamed up again with his They Shall Not Grow Old partners, producer Clare Olssen and editor Jabez Olssen.

As well as the release of the new film, fans will also be treated to the original version once this one has been released by Apple.

The untitled film is now in production and a release date will be announced in the future.

The Beatles film is being made with the cooperation of surviving band members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the families of George Harrison and John Lennon.

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