Ron Howard’s authorized Beatles documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years has set a U.S. release on September 16 and dropped the first trailer. Tracing the Fab Four’s early career from 1962-1966, the film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become a phenomenon.
The Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures and Apple Corps film begins in the days of Liverpool’s Cavern Club and goes through to The Beatles’ 1966 concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. The film looks at the band’s inner workings – how decisions were made and music created. It also delves into the Beatlemania phenomenon and the social and political context of the time, while exploring the electricity between performer and audience that turned the music into a movement. The doc features rare and exclusive footage and was produced with the full cooperation of McCartney, Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
Richard Abramowitz’s Abramorama is handling the U.S. theatrical release that’s designed as an event-driven experience. Hulu is partnering with streaming available from September 17. This will be the first feature film to debut on Hulu following its theatrical premiere and is the first pic acquired by Hulu’s Documentary Films arm. Studiocanal has the UK, France and Germany releasing on September 15; it goes out in Australia and New Zealand the following day. A Japan debut is set for September 22.
White Horse Pictures’ Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Imagine’s Brian Grazer are producing with Howard. Apple Corps’s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are exec producers with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.