Peter Jackson intends to produce a further Beatles film

The Oscar-winning director has also commented on the virtual Lennon/McCartney performance at Glastonbury. Peter Jackson has announced that he is working on a sequel to his critically acclaimed three-part documentary The Beatles: Get Back, which garnered five Emmy nominations and brought Beatlemania kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century. Jackson told Deadline(opens in new tab) that he was in talks with the Fab Four’s surviving members, bassist/vocalist Paul McCartney and drummer Ringo Starr, about a second Beatles film that could take a very different direction.

“I’m speaking with The Beatles about a completely different project than Get Back,” Jackson stated. “We are exploring the possibilities, but this is a separate project with them. It’s not a documentary, and that’s about all I can say.” He has said much. For Beatles fans, Jackson’s access to archive footage and his ability to reanimate the band’s legacy for the present day is monumental news. Get Back provided a priceless perspective on a pivotal moment in the band’s history and in popular culture, as well as a high-definition look at the electric guitars and guitar amps used at the time. It will be fascinating to see where he takes this collaboration – animation, another archival excavation for a concert performance, etc. Jackson was more expansive when discussing Get Back and the joy he experienced as a Beatles fanatic while spending four years restoring 130 hours of audio and 57 hours of video archive footage shot by Michael Lindsay-Hogg for the 1970 documentary Let It Be.

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With access to this information and a longer running time, Jackson was able to introduce the story of the Beatles’ final album, The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Concert, which premiered in January. There was, however, more. Jackson also provided the A/V background for Paul McCartney to perform a duet with his late bandmate John Lennon on I’ve Got a Feeling on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2022. It was the cultural moment of the week; one for the ages. But Jackson was uncertain of McCartney’s reaction when he first conceived of the idea. “I had this concept when I began working on Get Back four years ago,” said Jackson. “We had access to all of that footage, which is necessary for such an endeavor. The shots must be accurate. I did not bring it up with Paul. I reasoned, “If I suggest to Paul that he perform onstage with John, he’ll think I’m a fanboy geek idiot.”

Jackson captured footage of McCartney performing at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 13, 2019, with the intention of creating a CGI mockup of what it would look like with Lennon on the jumbotron. The pandemic arrived, but he never told anyone. In addition, he feared appearing “geekish,” becoming another super-fan with a crazy pitch. However, ideas of this nature tend to be restless. They must leave. After Jackson’s return to the editing suite for Get Back and the resumption of McCartney’s tour, he made his move. “Finally, I thought, ‘I’m going to regret not suggesting this for the rest of my life,'” he said. “I sent him a text. I did not send him the mockup version, only a text message attempting to describe it. Within 10 minutes, he responded, “Yes, this is a great idea; let’s go do it.” Then, there was a mad dash to restore missing frames from that long shot of John from Let It Be. But Paul was ecstatic about it.”

Jackson commended Lindsay-Hogg for capturing so much footage. The director of The Lord of the Rings has previously described Get Back as a documentary about a documentary, and he considers both Lindsay-Hogg and his film to be underrated. “The way he should be regarded is that he not only directed Let It Be, but also shot all the footage in Get Back,” Jackson explained. This is entirely Michael’s work, and he deserves a huge shout out.” Get Back required Jackson’s sound editing team to develop artificial intelligence in order to restore the sound and separate the tracks. Nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing in a Nonfiction or Reality Program is the film. You can read the full interview on Deadline(link opens in new window).

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  1. It’s a wonderful outcome that Peter Jackson has created. As soon as I get the best price for the Get Back doco, I will get it. cheers

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