Call him "Lord of the Ringo" — Peter Jackson's next directing project will focus on the Beatles.
Jackson will direct a feature documentary based on 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles in the studio while making the album "Let It Be."
The studio sessions, shot in January 1969, produced the Grammy Award-winning album with the Academy Award-winning title song. "Let It Be" ended up being the iconic band's final album; it was released in May 1970, several months after the Beatles had broken up.
The video footage and 140 hours of audio are the first of its kind, as they reveal the Beatles' creative process. Most footage of the band is of concerts, interviews, and movies.
“I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth,” says Jackson. “After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, 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. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating — it’s funny, uplifting, and surprisingly intimate.”
Since directing "The Hobbit" trilogy, which concluded in 2014, Jackson has taken a bit of a break from filmmaking. He returned last year to direct the World War I documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old."