first_imgRon Howard, the famous director who starred as Opie in The Andy Griffith Show, is slated to direct a new documentary film chronicling the early touring years of The Beatles.The film will roughly cover the years from 1960-1966, from the band’s formation, through their meteoric rise to becoming global phenomenons. At the peak of Beatlemania, the Beatles released some of their best albums, including Rubber Soul and Revolver.The documentary will include interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.Howard spoke about his enthusiasm for the project, saying “What’s so compelling to me is the perspective that we have now, the chance to really understand the impact that they had on the world. That six-year period is such a dramatic transformation in terms of global culture and these remarkable four individuals, who were both geniuses and also entirely relatable. That duality is something that is going to be very interesting to explore.”Howard will be joined by Nigel Sinclair, a producer who has working on numerous musical documentaries in the past. For Howard, this is his second musical documentary (he worked on Jay-Z’s Made In America last year). With the permission of the Beatles, Howard and Sinclair will have access to the vast archives of Apple Corps. As Howard describes it, “we are going to be able to take the Super 8 footage that we found, that was all shot silent. We’ll not only be able to digitally repair a lot of that, but we’ve also been finding the original recordings. We can now sync it up and create a concert experience so immersive and so engaging, I believe you’re going to actually feel like you’re somewhere in the Sixties, seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it. And as a film director, that’s a fantastic challenge.”The film is slated for release in late-2015.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)[Via Yahoo! Music]last_img

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