The beatles through their official Twitter account have announced that Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson will make a new film using hours of never-before-seen footage from the recording sessions of their Grammy-winning 1970 album “Let it Be”.
Initially conceived by Paul McCartney as a document of the Fab Four rehearsing for an as-live recorded album. The album would eventually be released as Let It Be in 1970, but the film was quickly swept under the carpet. However, after reviewing over 55 hours of footage originally shot by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in January 1969, Jackson has said the reality is very different to the narrative that is now so widely accepted. “I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth,” he’s said.
Peter Jackson added: “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. 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.”
Peter Jackson is working with the same restoration team which produced last year’s stunning World War One documentary They Shall Not Grow Old.