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Peter Jackson To Assemble New Beatles 'Let It Be' Film From Archival Footage
After the release of Abbey Road in 1969, the Beatles stopped recording together but the previous sessions of Let It Be were released in 1970. The album was released on May 8 and the film of the same name debuted in New York City on May 13. Now a new film is being prepared by director Peter Jackson of Lord Of The Rings fame based on more than 50 hours of never-before-seen footage.
For his first documentary, 2018's They Shall Not Grow Old, Jackson combined archival footage with 3D modeling to recreate British soldiers during World War I. Jackson's remarks about Let It Be raised expectations more realistic FX will be used for the Beatles too. "This movie will be the ultimate 'fly on the wall' experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about," said Jackson. "It's like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together."
Let It Be's title track and "The Long And Winding Road" both reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1970, and "Get Back" had already been a hit in a previous Billy Preston version. "Get Back" was a protest song, ridiculing politicians who whipped up voters' fears of outsiders. On Jan. 30, 1969 the Beatles were recording a third take of "Get Back" with Preston on the roof of their Savile Row Apple Corps headquarters as police arrived to shut down their now historic performance. The sense that this protest song was the Beatles' final public performance took on a greater meaning that stuck with the version on the album as well.