Peter Jackson Set To Produce Another Beatles Film
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The Beatles: Get Back was released in November last year and has reached critical success, now acclaimed director Peter Jackson says he has a new idea for another Beatles film.
Get Back have earned five Emmy nominations, including two for the Sound Mixing category. The nearly eight-hour documentary series premiered on Disney+ and featured footages intended for the band’s 1970 film Let It Be, which was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Jackson recently told Deadline:
“[Sound Mixing] is always a category that people don’t hold in the highest esteem, I guess would be a way to say it, other than people who work in the field. Get Back is all about the sound, and restoring the sound and developing the AI things to separate the musical tracks. We did a lot of groundbreaking work, so it’s really great that the guys who did that work are part of the Emmy nominations. I’m really pleased with that.
“I’m talking to the Beatles about another project, something very, very different than Get Back. We’re seeing what the possibilities are, but it’s another project with them. It’s not really a documentary … and that’s all I can really say.”
Jackson was also the mind behind Paul McCartney’s recent duet performance virtually with the late John Lennon for the Beatles’ classic “I’ve Got a Feeling,” on his set at Glastonbury on June 26. The director shared:
“So the next 18 months I worked on Get Back and then Paul is rehearsing to go back out on tour, and I just thought, ‘I either have to suggest it to him or I don’t.
“I’d gotten cold feet because I thought, ‘How many harebrained suggestions like this has Paul gotten over the years? I don’t want to appear too geeky.’ Finally, I thought, ‘I’m going to regret this for the rest of my life if I don’t even suggest it.’ I sent him a text. I didn’t send him the mock-up version, just a text trying to describe it to him. Within 10 minutes, he replied to me: ‘Yeah, this is a fantastic idea; let’s go do it.’ Then it was a frantic rush to restore frames that were missing from that long shot of John from Let It Be. But Paul was thrilled by it.”
As for the new project, Jackson said:
“We are never in a position where we have to do anything but we’ve got a few things percolating.”