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Ron Howard To Direct New Beatles Documentary
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.16.2014



Coming Soon reports that Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Pictures will produce a new documentary for Apple based on the first part of The Beatles' career. It will be directed by Ron Howard. It will feature the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse's Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment will produce with Howard. Imagine's Michael Rosenberg and White Horse's Guy East will executive produce, along with Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde for Apple Corps.

Howard said: "I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

It will follow The Beatles' early days at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and their shows in Hamburg to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco in 1966. They began to tour Europe in 1963 after they arrived in 1961 and 62 on the UK music scene. After their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, the band became huge and started their first world tour in June, which ran for two years. By the time they finished in August of 1966, they had performed at 166 concerts in 15 countries and 90 cities. The phenomenon was called "Beatlemania" and it hadn't been seen before.

In the official press release, Apple said: 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.

Sinclair added: "The way The Beatles burst onto the scene in Britain was an overwhelming social, cultural and musical phenomenon, but was even then eclipsed by that extraordinary explosion on the American scene and then the world. I was lucky enough to see The Beatles perform in Glasgow in 1964, shortly after their Ed Sullivan appearance. It is an honor to work on this project for The Beatles, and to be collaborating again with the extraordinary Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and my good friend Scott Pascucci."





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