The first official trailer dropped today for Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back, which chronicles the band’s creative process as they attempt to write 14 new songs in preparation for their first live concert in over two years. It would also be the band’s final live performance.
While Jackson previously released a sneak peek at his upcoming six-hour Disney+ series, that footage was mostly a montage of moments, rather than a trailer or clip.
Today’s footage shows the Beatles at work on the new songs and imagining a concept for the concert, which became an iconic moment in music history. Faced with a nearly impossible deadline, there is disagreement and doubt among the band’s members as they compose some of the world’s most iconic songs.
“The best bit of us, always has been and always will be,” says Paul McCartney in the trailer, “is when we’re backs against the wall.”
The footage, which Disney says has never before been seen, is from a planned 1969 TV special and documentary that never came to be. The nearly 60 hours of unseen footage was shot over 21 days by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who had previously directed The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. Jackson also had access to more than 150 hours of unheard audio.
“Jackson is the only person in 50 years to have been given access to this Beatles treasure trove,” said Disney in a statement, “all of which has now been brilliantly restored.”
The upcoming three-part series will be arriving on Disney+ “just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday,” rolling out over November 25, 26, and 27, 2021 exclusively on Disney+.
The docuseries features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.
The project is a collaboration between The Beatles and Jackson presented by The Walt Disney Studios in association with Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd. It is produced by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, Olivia Harrison, Peter Jackson, Clare Olssen and Jonathan Clyde, with Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones and Ken Kamins serving as executive producers. Jabez Olssen serves as the film’s editor. The music supervisor is Giles Martin. Michael Hedges and Brent Burge serve as the series re-recording mixers, and the music is mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell.
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