Four Beatles biopic films are coming from James Bond director

New York, New York - The Fab Four are back with each member of the iconic Beatles to be immortalized in their own big-screen biopics, all directed by Sam Mendes.

English band the Beatles members (from left to right) John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison arrive at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on February 07, 1964.
English band the Beatles members (from left to right) John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison arrive at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on February 07, 1964.  © AFP stringer / AFP

"The project marks the first time [Beatles' label] Apple Corps Ltd. and The Beatles – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison – have granted full life story and music rights for a scripted film," Sony Pictures said in a statement on Tuesday.

"We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling and epic cinematic experience: four films, told from four different perspectives which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time," said Pippa Harris, who will co-direct alongside Mendes.

The films are expected to come out in 2027.

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In April 1970, six months after the release of the Abbey Road album and a month before Let It Be, the members of the hit British band announced their separation.

The ten-year collaboration between McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, and Starr resulted in 14 best-selling albums, almost a billion records sold, and several films.

Beatles biopics come after success of "new" song Now and Then.

The marquee outside of the Exclusive 100-Minute Sneak Peek of Peter Jackson's The Beatles: Get Back at the El Capitan Theatre on November 18, 2021, in Hollywood, California.
The marquee outside of the Exclusive 100-Minute Sneak Peek of Peter Jackson's The Beatles: Get Back at the El Capitan Theatre on November 18, 2021, in Hollywood, California.  © Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney/AFP Charley Gallay / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Last autumn, with the help of artificial intelligence, a new song, Now and Then – originally recorded four decades ago as a demo – was produced and released, topping the British charts.

The Beatles have also been the subject of numerous documentaries, such as The Beatles: Get Back series directed by Peter Jackson, which shines a positive light on the lead-up to their split.

Mendes, whose directorial credits include American Beauty and James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, said he was "honored to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time."

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In recent years, there has been a proliferation of documentaries and biopics on streaming platforms and in cinemas retracing legendary stories from the world of music.

Bohemian Rhapsody told the story of Queen, while Elvis chronicled Elvis Presley's tumultuous life, Tina immortalized Tina Turner and Rocketman recounted how Elton John conquered the world of pop.

Beatles fans have already started their meme frenzy on socials over the announcement! Are you also pumped for the films?

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