New Beatles docuseries by legendary director brings never-before-seen footage to Disney+

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The Beatles, comprised of George Harrison (l), Ringo Starr (front), John Lennon (r) and Paul McCartney (top), are regarded as one of the most influential bands of all time.
The Beatles, comprised of George Harrison (l), Ringo Starr (front), John Lennon (r) and Paul McCartney (top), are regarded as one of the most influential bands of all time.  © IMAGO / LFI

The Beatles: Get Back, a documentary series directed by Peter Jackson, will hit Disney+ this Thanksgiving, rolling out three two-hour episodes on November 25, 26, and 27, the streaming service announced on Thursday.

New Zealand creative Peter Jackson is best known as the director, writer, and producer of the Lord of The Rings (2001–2003) and the Hobbit (2012-2014) trilogies.

The Beatles series will cover the making of the band’s 1970 album Let It Be, using more than 60 hours of unseen footage shot in January 1969 by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

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It will additionally feature more than 150 hours of unheard audio.

Also included is their last live performance as a group, the rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, seen in full for the first time.

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison have all given "enthusiastic support," Disney said.

"In many respects, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines. The story of friends and of individuals," Jackson said in a statement.

Six hours of never-before-seen footage

Director Peter Jackson at the world premiere of a previous Beatles documentary in London in 2016.
Director Peter Jackson at the world premiere of a previous Beatles documentary in London in 2016.  © IMAGO / Matrix

"Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible," Jackson said of the series.

"It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia – it’s raw, honest, and human," he added.

Jackson first announced the documentary in January 2019, the 50th anniversary of the rooftop show, and said on Thursday that he had been working on the project for three years.

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"As a huge Beatles fan myself, I am absolutely thrilled that Disney+ will be the home for this extraordinary documentary series by the legendary filmmaker Peter Jackson," Bob Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company, said in a statement.

"This phenomenal collection of never-before-seen footage offers an unprecedented look at the close camaraderie, genius songwriting, and indelible impact of one of the most iconic and culturally influential bands of all time," Jackson continued. "We can’t wait to share The Beatles: Get Back with fans around the world."

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