Ron Howard to Direct a Beatles Documentary About Their Touring Years

     July 16, 2014

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So, who saw that Jay-Z documentary Made in America?  You’ll have to let us know what you think of Ron Howard’s doc directing skills because the Academy Award-winning narrative director has signed on to direct another documentary, a film covering the touring years of The Beatles.

The film will pick up at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in the early 60s and run straight through to Candlestick Park, San Francisco where the Beatles held their very last public concert in 1966, all while Beatlemania raged on.  Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are producing the project and have full support from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. Hit the jump for more.

ron-howard-beatles-documentaryAccording to the press release, Howard’s Beatles documentary will explore the following:

“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.”

Howard stated:

“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.”

Imagine Entertainment’s Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, White Horse’s Scott Pascucci, and Grammy winner Nigel Sinclair will all produce the film with Howard.  Howard and Grazer’s lengthy partnership include titles like Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and Rush while Sinclair’s the man with all the documentary experience and the accolades to go along with it.  He worked on the Emmy Award-winner George Harrison: Living in the Material World, got a Grammy for No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and an Academy Award for the 2012 football documentary Undefeated, just to name a few.

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