'The Lord of the Rings' Peter Jackson to Direct a Beatles Film
by Kristine Sage
A month ago
Peter Jackson, best known for his work as the director, writer, and producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit trilogy adapted from the J. R. R. Tolkien novels, is about to bring a new Beatles film to the big screen.
The Oscar-winning director will be featuring the tense recording sessions for the band’s final album, Let It Be, with 55 hours of unseen studio footage that was shot in 1969. In a statement, Jackson described the film as “the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about.”
The footage was initially set for a TV documentary, and then eventually formed the basis of a feature film, also titled Let It Be. The audience will be reliving the reality that the band went through during the recording process, the moments of drama, and the friendship between the members of the band.
In the 1960s, The Beatles tried to obtain the film rights to The Lord of the Rings, where the band members wanted to cast themselves in the movie, hoping that Stanley Kubrick would direct it. But JRR Tolkien refused to support.
Peter Jackson has long been a Beatles fan and said that he grew up listening to the band.