Ron Howard Will Direct Documentary About The Beatles’ Early Years

By July 16, 2014

The fresh-faced lads from Liverpool with the Mersey sound were a staple in my household growing up, whether it be on the record player or the TV (where I saw A Hard Day’s Night, Yellow Submarine and Help!), and like most girls – I was six years old at the time – I was madly in love with Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

Because they broke up before I was born, I never got to fully experience what they’d be like “live in concert” (unlike Genesis singer/drummer Phil Collins, who was an extra on A Hard Day’s Night as a child) but thanks to Ron Howard, I’ll soon get to see a cool new documentary centering on my fave four.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ron Howard – whose first foray into music documentaries was 2013’s Made In America, about Jay-Z’s massive all-star concert – will direct a documentary covering the whirlwind years of The Fab Four, and he’s over the moon about the opportunity.

I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse Pictures team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.

With full support from surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as well as Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono Lennon (widows of George Harrison and John Lennon), the doc will be produced by Apple Corps (founded by The Beatles in 1968) alongside Howard’s Imagine Entertainment and the newly formed White Horse Pictures. Seeing as White Horse co-founder Nigel Sinclair executive produced Howard’s film Rush and sat as producer on the Martin Scorsese documentaries George Harrison: Living in the Material World and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, it feels like the right team’s been put in place to document the band’s time as they toured around the world right up to their final concert in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in August 1966.

It’s REALLY hard to find proper footage from that final concert, but I did find this sweet footage from when they played Hollywood Bowl in 1964, shortly after their first whirlwind performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

What do you think about this news? Do you think Ron Howard will do the Beatles justice?

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