Following a delay due to the pandemic, Peter Jackson’s hotly-anticipated documentary The Beatles: Get Back has released a sort of “montage” sizzle reel, introduced by Jackson himself. Originally intended to release this year on the 50th anniversary of Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s Let It Be, Jackson’s film looks to cast the production of The Beatles’ final album in a more gentle light, rather than the tempestuous one that looms over the history of that final record.
Jackson’s film is said to be cut from “56 hours” of footage in and around the studio during the recording of Let It Be the album, with the Fab Four clearly dashing as ever despite this being their last hurrah together. Yoko Ono, Linda McCartney, and the rest of the Beatles-posse pop up in the clips, which Jackson emphasizes isn’t a trailer. “Those’ll be coming out next year.”
Get Back is particularly exciting coming off of Jackson’s World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, which remastered footage nearly a century-old to compile a blistering portrait of the War as a means of honoring the fallen, and insuring that modern audiences don’t forget the tragedy of such a costly period of strife. Though far more contemporary and certainly less dire, Get Back looks to be the sort of alternate take on The Beatles’ final months together before splitting that will certainly appease fans, and possibly shine new light on a legendary moment in music history.
Besides the newly-released and restored footage behind-the-scenes, The Beatles: Get Back will feature updated and restored footage of the iconic January 30, 1969 rooftop concert; the band’s final performance together.
The new clip doesn’t mention a date beyond 2021, though Sir Paul McCartney’s Twitter would indicate that The Beatles: Get Back is looking to beam into theaters on August 27, 2021.
Peter Jackson has released an exclusive sneak peek of his upcoming documentary “@TheBeatles: Get Back” for fans everywhere to enjoy.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) December 21, 2020
If only we could all dress like this again.