31 Jan – Paul McCartney last year hinted that a "new" version of The Beatles' "Let It Be" documentary film will be released in conjunction with its 50th anniversary in 2020.
Today, on the 50th anniversary of the band's final public performance, it was announced that a new documentary is in the making with filmmaker Peter Jackson ("Lord of the Rings") now attached to direct it.
According to Variety, Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Ltd. announced that the new yet-to-be-titled documentary will be made using never-before-seen footage filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg when he was making his 1970 "Let It Be" documentary on the band.
"The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us ensure this movie will be the ultimate 'fly on the wall' experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about," Jackson said.
"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."
The original documentary was meant to be a TV movie following the band's studio recording process but it evolved into a documentary film of the band recording their final studio album "Let It Be" instead. It has long been out of circulation, previously released only on VHS and laserdisc.
However, a restored version of the original documentary film is planned to be released on a digital platform, which Apple says will come after the release of Jackson's new documentary.
Jackson will most likely once again rely on the same technology used by New Zealand's film post-production facility Park Road Post on his latest highly-acclaimed documentary, "They Shall Not Grow Old" which he made using archive footage of World War I, to make the 50-year-old unused "Let It Be" reels look less dated.
There's no date set for Jackson's new Beatles documentary but it is still expected to be released in 2020 since it is meant to celebrate the original documentary's 50th anniversary.