Disney Postpones Release of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ to 2021

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This upcoming Sept. 4 was intended to see the release of The Beatles: Get Backthe anticipated documentary from filmmaker Peter Jackson, but Disney announced on Friday (per the Wrap) that the film’s release has been pushed back to 2021.

In a detail that should come as no surprise, the decision was made with the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, and uncertainty over the state of the film industry and when things might be able to “return to normal,” so to speak.

The Beatles: Get Back is now scheduled to be released in August 2021.

When the film was first announced, it garnered interest stemming from its inclusion of previously unseen footage of John, Paul, George and Ringo:

The official news release states that the doc will include previously unseen footage of the Let It Be sessions, plus “the entire iconic rooftop concert, fully restored.”

Said Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger in a statement regarding this definitive doc on John, Paul, George and Ringo:

“No band has had the kind of impact on the world that The Beatles have had, and ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ is a front-row seat to the inner workings of these genius creators at a seminal moment in music history, with spectacularly restored footage that looks like it was shot yesterday. I’m a huge fan myself, so I could not be happier that Disney is able to share Peter Jackson’s stunning documentary with global audiences in September.”



Compiled from over 55 hours of unseen footage, filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and 140 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings from the “Let It Be” album sessions, “The Beatles: Get Back” is directed by Jackson and produced by Jackson, Clare Olssen (“They Shall Not Grow Old”) and Jonathan Clyde, with Ken Kamins and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones serving as executive producers.

So … stay tuned. Get Back will be released, it’ll just take a bit longer now.

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