The Beatles have announced a new film project using never-released footage

30 January 2019, 12:22 | Updated: 31 January 2019, 10:24

The Beatles stars Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison are joined by Lennon's partner Yoko Ono in the recording studio
The Beatles stars Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison are joined by Lennon's partner Yoko Ono in the recording studio. Picture: The Beatles

By Sofia Rizzi

The Beatles will collaborate with director Sir Peter Jackson on a new film using footage from the studio sessions of their 1969 album 'Let It Be'.

The Beatles have announced that they are embarking upon a new film project using never-before-seen footage of the band.

The new film will use 55 hours of footage from January 1969 shot in the studio where the band were recording their Grammy Award-winning album Let It Be.

Director Sir Peter Jackson is set to collaborate with the band on the project. He said: "I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage - making the movie will be a sheer joy."

When discussing the footage, Jackson added: "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.”

The filming was originally intended for a TV special, but the extended footage turned into something completely different that will climax with The Beatles' iconic performance on the rooftop of Apple's London office on Savile Row.

The performance took place exactly 50 years ago today, and it was their last public appearance as a group. The band would officially split just over a year later.

The Beatles' rooftop performance in London, 1969
The Beatles' rooftop performance in London, 1969. Picture: Getty Images

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