Beatles Documentary 2014: Ron Howard to Direct New Film on English Rock Band

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Beatles Documentary 2014: Ron Howard to Direct New Film on English Rock Band

Posted on: July 17th, 2014 by tommyj

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Ron Howard, an award-winning American movie director and online series producer, is taking on the challenge of creating a documentary about The Beatles during their touring years.

The project will have the cooperation of Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, and is being produced by Apple Corps Ltd., which represents the Beatles, as well White Horse Pictures and Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The film will begin in Liverpool and follow the musicians’ journey to fame up until their last concert in San Francisco.

Howard said in a statement that he was excited and honored to work on the story.

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"Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated," he said.

Some of the clips and photos to be used are from Beatles’ fans, which was obtained by the company who presented the idea to Apple Corps: One Voice One World.

The untitled documentary will show McCartney, Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison progress from 1961 in Britain, to their tours of Europe in 1963, and their appearance on a popular TV show in 1964 that catapulted them to fame, according to the LA Times.

This is Howard’s second documentary, and is especially a treat for the director who is also a Beatles fan, according to The Boston Herald.

"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," Howard told Rolling Stone. "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."

He added that the film will also explore how the band has continued to achieve popularity through generations worldwide.

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