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Thursday, 17 July 2014 18:17

Ron Howard Takes on The Beatles

Written by  Thea Green
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Even legends like Ron Howard have idols of their own. The Academy Award winning director has had a Beatles obsession since he was nine years old on the Andy Griffith Show and is now taking his love of the Beatles to a new level by directing a documentary about their early touring years.

In a recent Rolling Stone article, Howard talked about the importance of the time period he will feature and how he plans to execute his vision.

A part of Howard’s fascination with this era of Beatles is the perspective he will be able to offer on how much they influenced culture over time. "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."

With the help of Grammy-winning producer Nigel Sinclair, Brian Grazer, and Scott Pascucci (George Harrison), Howard plans to focus his doc on the Beatles between 1960-1966. These were key influential touring years when the Beatles released A Hard Day’s Night and Rubber Soul. Howard will interview Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison, and the film will also utilize fan video footage and archives from the Beatles’ company Apple Corps. 

Howard looks forward to and embraces the challenge of making the film feel like a venture into the sixties. "We are going to be able to take the Super 8 footage that we found, that was all shot silent. We'll not only be able to digitally repair a lot of that, but we've also been finding the original recordings," Howard said. "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. And as a film director, that's a fantastic challenge."

The documentary, which is slated for a 2015 release, has already turned up some key footage from the Beatles last concert. "Their last concert in ’66, when they were probably the most famous people on the planet, [they] ended up carrying their own amps onstage,” mentioned Sinclair. “I think that’s almost emblematic of the charm of this story.” (Rolling Stone)


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