Peter Jackson to direct a new Beatles documentary featuring 55 hours of unseen footage

The Beatles are getting a new documentary, to be directed by Peter Jackson. The director, best known for his work on Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, has been allowed access to over 55 hours of previously unseen footage taken in the studio while the iconic band were writing and recording their final album Let It Be.

According to a press release, the film is to be made up of footage taken in January of 1969 which was originally filmed for the 1970 documentary Let It Be.

Peter Jackson will direct a new Beatles documentary, working with over 55 hours of previously unseen footage of the iconic band in studio.

In a statement Jackson said:

“The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamed about – it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”

The footage was taken just 18 months before the band broke up, a time in which rumours about the band’s animosity towards each other were rife. However, Jackson promises that it is not as dramatic as the myth of the Beatles’ separation entails.

“I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth. After reviewing all the footage and audio… it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with.”

As yet there is no title or release date for the film, however the prospect is serving to be incredibly exciting for the millions of Beatles fans around the world.

Via Spin