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There’s no denying The Beatles have consistently held the spot as one of the most influential acts in the last century. Throughout the years, there have been multiple documentaries, TV specials and books chronicling their rise to fame and their cultural impact. Despite that, there is still footage and stories we haven’t seen or heard.
Ron Howard, who directed and produced How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Cinderella Man and The Da Vinci Code (to name a few), plans to showcase never-before-seen footage in his new documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. The film will discuss the pressure the band felt as they sky-rocketed to fame and the hardships that came with being in spotlight.
According to Rolling Stone, Howard’s movie will include past Beatles performances with enhanced audio and repaired Super 8 camera footage. Promising a more engaging and immersive experience, Howard believes the audience will feel like they were actually there: “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,” he said.
The documentary will focus on their early years on tour between 1962 to 1966, the time when they rose to global fame after releasing A Hard Day’s Night and Rubber Soul. Surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, will discuss the origins of the band, share untold stories and shed light on some controversies.
The film will be released in select theatres on September 16. Re-ignite your Beatlemania with the trailer below.