White Horse Pictures and Studiocanal will launch international sales on Ron Howard’s authorized feature-length Beatles docu, which focuses on the iconic group’s early touring years, at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
White Horse’s Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment are producing with Howard. Apple Corps Ltd’s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East.
White Horse and Studiocanal will present footage to buyers at the Cannes market, including rare footage from The Beatles’ early performances. The sound from the concerts will be restored by longtime Beatles collaborator Giles Martin.
White Horse and Pascucci are repping U.S. rights in consultation with Apple Corps and Imagine.
The film focuses on The Beatles’ journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco, in 1966. The project was originally brought to Apple Corps by One Voice One World, which has conducted extensive research around the globe, including inviting Beatles fans to send in clips of home movies and photos that they acquired during this period. OVOW’s Matthew White, Stuart Samuels, and Bruce Higham are co-producing the film.
Acclaimed and award-winning editor Paul Crowder is serving as editor. Crowder’s longtime collaborator, Mark Monroe, is serving as writer. Marc Ambrose (Bhutto) is supervising producer. Nicholas Ferrall is the executive in charge of production for White Horse, assisted by executives Jeanne Elfant Festa and Cassidy Hartmann.