Apple Corps Ltd. has announced an upcoming documentary about the Beatles’ touring years, which spanned the beginning of the band’s career.
During this time, the band played 166 concerts.
Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Made in America) will direct the film and Brian Grazer (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile) will produce.
The press release announcing the documentary says:
“Beatlemania was not just a phenomenon. It was the catalyst for a cultural shift that would alter the way people around the world viewed and consumed popular culture. This film will seek to explain what it was about that particular moment in time that allowed this cultural pivot point to occur. It will examine the social and political context of the time, and reveal the unique conditions that caused technology and mass communication to collide. The film will also explore the incomparable electricity between performer and audience that turned the music into a movement – a common experience into something sublime.”
Beatles fans are invited to submit visual or audio materials from live shows. The film’s creators are looking for unusual footage that highlights the fan experience.
Now for the backstory…
At the end of last year Ace Arts took Apple Corps and Sony/ATV to court, saying the two parties sabotaged a Beatles documentary they had made. Ace’s documentary featured footage from the Beatles’ first concert in the United States in 1964. Ace secured the necessary rights and permission from Apple Corps and Sony/ATV, but when the film was to be released the two parties said Ace didn’t have the necessary rights. Ace claimed Sony/ATV and Apple Corps were working on their own documentary.
Sony/ATV and Apple Corps then filed a counterclaim against Ace Arts and asked the court to drop Ace’s original lawsuit.
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