‘Eight Days a Week’ Trailer Teases Ron Howard’s Beatles-on-Tour Doc

     June 20, 2016


The history of The Beatles has been both chronicled and captured on film for years. In 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison appeared in front of Richard Lester‘s camera for A Hard Day’s Night, and it remains, to this day, one of the most exhilaratingly joyful expressions of what its like to be a performing band in the history of the medium. There was also the sublime Yellow Submarine and the less-memorable Help!, and each member of the band would go onto have their brushes with cinematic stardom. Lennon teamed up with Lester again for the not-great How I Won the War; Harrison was in Monty Python’s Life of Brian and nearly appeared as the wild prophet at the center of Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain; Starr appeared in the 1960s oddity The Magic Christian, Caveman, and Ken Russell‘s fantastic Lisztomania; and McCartney is set to appear in the latests Pirates of the Caribbean venture…for some reason.

the-beatles-a-hard-days-nightEach member had tremendous presence on his own, but the best was always in the documentaries about the band, where their personal selves came out in delightfully strange ways. George Harrison: Living in the Material World is an extraordinary piece of work, and then there’s The Beatles Anthology,  the 10-hour documentary series on the band that arrived in 1995 and became a must-watch for any serious music fan. Now, Ron Howard is looking to make his own entry into this line of footage-based films that study the components of arguably the best band that’s ever existed. Howard’s Eight Days a Week, which is set to arrive on Hulu on September 17th, will take a look at the band when they were on tour. Hulu tweeted out a short trailer for the project, which you can check out below, and it looks fun enough; it makes a point of highlighting that there will be new footage of the band in this documentary. For some, that’s enough to ensure they’ll watch.

Here’s the teaser for Eight Days a Week via Hulu’s Twitter page:

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