Beatles fans were probably expecting this news, given the current climate: Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated film ‘The Beatles: Get Back,’ which chronicles the group’s rehearsals and performances from January 1969, has now had its release date pushed back to August 2021. The movie was originally scheduled to open in September but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been delayed.
The new film has a lot of history behind it. It aims to clear up some of the myths and untold stories. The original 1970 movie ‘Let It Be,’ was to be a TV special, showing the band getting back to their roots. This came on the heels of the studio experiments of albums like 1966’s ‘Revolver’ and ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ not to mention the often fractured sessions of the ‘White Album‘ in 1968.
Things didn’t turn out quite the way they were drawn up and envisioned. The band members were soon quarreling, and after a live performance on the roof of their Apple headquarters was shut down by the police, the Beatles abandoned the project, where it sat on the shelf for a year before producer Phil Spector assembled the tapes into the final album released by the group, ‘Let It Be.’
Jackson’s new version will include previously unseen footage – the original film included about half of the performance’s 42 minutes. It reportedly gives a clearer indication of what was really going down during the sessions. According to various accounts, the new scenes show things weren’t as tense as ‘Let It Be’ and legend indicate.
Shortly after that impromptu show, the Beatles started work on another new album, ‘Abbey Road.’ Of course, there are still many who forget that the ‘Let It Be’ album while it was the last album released by the band, was not the last album recorded by the band. That album was ‘Abbey Road,” was proof that the band was more communicative and that some old wounds had healed. It was also proof that the band’s creativity had not been completely tapped.
“I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about the Beatles recording together,” Paul McCartney said in an earlier statement. “The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.”
Ringo Starr added: “There were hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the version that came out. There was a lot of joy, and I think Peter will show that. I think this version will be a lot more peace and loving like we really were.”