The Walt Disney Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary. The announcement was made by Robert A. Iger, Executive Chairman, The Walt Disney Company, at Disney’s recent annual meeting of shareholders.     

The Beatles: Get Back, presented by The Walt Disney Studios in association with Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd., features extensive, never-before-seen footage of the legendary band’s “Let It Be” recording sessions along with the entire iconic rooftop concert, which has been fully restored.

There are also 55 hours of unseen footage that was filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and 140 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings from the “Let It Be” album sessions. It features the only notable footage of the band at work in the studio, capturing the interactions between John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they create their now-classic songs.

“Let It Be” Recording Sessions Restored

Jackson was able to mine rare footage of the Beatles in the studio, that has been restored by Park Road Post Production of Wellington, New Zealand. The film is being edited by Jabez Olssen, who collaborated with Jackson on 2018’s They Shall Not Grow Old, the groundbreaking film which featured restored and colorized World War I archival footage.

“Working on this project has been a joyous discovery. I’ve been privileged to be a fly on the wall while the greatest band of all time works, plays and creates masterpieces,” said Jackson. “I’m thrilled that Disney stepped up as our distributor. There’s no one better to have our movie seen by the greatest number of people.”

Rooftop Concert on London’s Savile Row

Shot on January 30, 1969, The Beatles’ surprise rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row marked the band’s first live performance in over two years and their final live set together. The footage captures interactions between the band members, reactions from fans and employees from nearby businesses, and comical attempts to stop the concert by two young London policemen responding to noise complaints.

“I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about the Beatles recording together,” Paul McCartney said in a news release. “The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.”

The film is also being made with the enthusiastic support of Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

The Beatles: Get Back is currently scheduled to be released theatrically in the United States and Canada on September 4, 2020, with additional details and dates for the film’s global release to follow. A fully restored version of the original “Let It Be” film will be made available at a later date.

The film was produced and directed by Jackson, Clare Olssen and Jonathan Clyde, with Ken Kamins and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones serving as executive producers.