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Ron Howard Rocks Beatles Concert Tour Doc (TRAILERS)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 16, 2014 at 12:48PM

If The Beatles have never been anything less than ubiquitous, their role in the film world still seems to be growing larger with each passing month. Variety report that Ron Howard, under a partnership between Imagine Entertainment, Apple Corps. Ltd., and White Horse Pictures, will direct a currently untitled documentary.

Ron Howard
Ron Howard

The Beatles are ubiquitous these days: their role in the film world only seems to grow with each passing month. Just as Fab Four fans tire of the Beatles Rock Band playbook, the Criterion-Janus restoration / tour of Richard Lester's joyful “A Hard Day’s Night” makes waves across the country. The Beatles-related content available include the Richard Lester sequel "Help!", the doc about their Liverpool secretary (here), "Nowhere Boy," starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as John Lennon, Ian Softley's "Backbeat," PBS's "Magical Mystery Tour Revisited," and Julie Taymor's "Across the Universe." (Bring Cheap Trick back to perform Sergeant Pepper at the Hollywood Bowl!) And now Variety reports that Ron Howard, under a partnership between Imagine Entertainment, Apple Corps. Ltd., and White Horse Pictures, will direct an untitled documentary exploring the band’s global tour from 1960 to 1966. (Who's going to revive Robert Zemeckis's  sunk plans for "Yellow Submarine"?)

Borrowing a page from Martin Scorsese ("George Harrison: Living in the Material World," "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan," the Rolling Stones' "Shine a Light"), Howard is mixing up music docs with feature films. Following up his Jay Z-centered “Made in America,” Howard's next music piece will trace the band's 10,000 hours, from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg up to the final show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. There will, unsurprisingly, be concert footage, which One Voice One World — which first proposed the idea to Apple Corps. — has helped to assemble from photos and videos taken by fans. With the inclusion of sound-board recordings, Howard believes that somewhere between 12 and 20 songs are to be included.

White Horse’s Nigel Sinclair (with whom the director worked on "Rush") helped bring this project together. As endorsed by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison, this endeavor is expected to hit theaters by the end of 2015.

This article is related to: Ron Howard, Beatles, Documentaries, Documentary, Paul McCartney

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.