Beatles documentary to be made by legendary Peter Jackson

Must See 31/01/2019

Lord of the Rings filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson has signed on to direct a new Beatles documentary.

He will use 55 hours of previously unseen footage of the band from 1969.

"The... footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us ensures this movie will be the ultimate 'fly on the wall' experience," said Sir Peter.

"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 news comes on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles famous roof top concert at Apple Records in London, which was shot during the making of the band's own documentary, Let it Be, and the album of the same name.

"After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it's simply an amazing historical treasure trove," said Sir Peter. "I'm thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage. Making the movie will be a sheer joy."

The band ended up temporarily shelving the songs they recorded during this period, instead going on to make a whole new album - the critically acclaimed Abbey Road.

The material they recorded in early 1969 ended up being reworked and released in 1970, after the band had split.

Sir Peter's announcement follows the release of newly remixed versions of two of the band's most popular albums, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Beatles(popularly known as The White Album), by original producer George Martin's son, Giles Martin.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, but the band is yet to announce whether that record will get the remix treatment.