Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard is getting an all access pass to The Beatles’ vault.
Howard, who’s known to direct such classics such as Frost/Nixon, Apollo 13 and Backdraft, has signed to produce and direct an authorized documentary about The Beatles’ touring years that spans from 1960 to their last concert in San Francisco at Candlestick Park in 1966.
Howard tells Rolling Stone Magazine what drives him to do this project is to really understand the impact The Beatles had on the world.
“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,” says Howard.
Nigel Sinclair, the Grammy-winning producer that created documentaries such as George Harrison: Living in the Material World and No Direction Home: Dylan will join Howard along with producers Brian Grazer (Apollo 13) and Scott Pascucci.
Sinclair tells Rolling Stone that they already unearthed surprising footage from the Beatles’ final concert at Candlestick Park.
“Their last concert in ’66, when they were probably the most famous people on the planet, (they) ended up carrying their amps onstage,” says Sinclair. “I think that’s almost emblematic of the charm to this story.”
Apple Corps, the Beatles’ company will be at their full disposal as they dig up archives of Beatles footage and at the same time, join fan-sourced amateur video footage to miraculously recreate previously unseen concerts of The Fab Four.
“We are going to be able to take the Super 8 footage that we found, that was all shot silent,” says Howard. “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 Sixties, seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it. And as a film director, that’s a fantastic challenge.”
Howard says he is anxious to begin interviewing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as the yet untitled documentary will be scheduled for a tentative late-2015 release.