The Beatles: Get Back is an upcoming documentary film that covers the making of the Beatles' 1970 album Let It Be. It was originally set to be released September 4, 2020 only for the COVID-19 pandemic to cause the film to be pushed back to August 27, 2021.


Filmmaker Peter Jackson presents restored, never-before-seen footage of the Beatles during their recording sessions of the album Let It Be.



The project was announced on 30 January 2019, the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles' rooftop concert.[1][2] The Beatles: Get Back employs the techniques developed for Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old to transform the footage with modern production techniques.[3] Over 55 hours of footage and 140 hours of audio stemming from the original project were made available to Jackson's team, and it will include the full 42-minute rooftop concert.[1] In reference to the long-reported acrimony surrounding the original Get Back project, Jackson wrote in a press statement that he was "relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth ... Sure, there's moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with."[4]

The film was created with cooperation from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the widows of John Lennon (Yoko Ono) and George Harrison (Olivia Harrison).[4] In a news release, McCartney said: "I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about the Beatles recording together", while Starr echoed: "There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the Let It Be film that came out [in 1970]. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that."[5]


On 11 March 2020, The Walt Disney Studios announced they had acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Jackson's documentary, now titled The Beatles: Get Back. It was initially set to be released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on 4 September 2020 in the United States and Canada, with a global release to follow.[6] On 12 June 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film's release was pushed back to 27 August 2021.[7]



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  3. Trumbore, Dave (30 January 2019). "Peter Jackson Follows Up on 'They Shall Not Grow Old' with 'The Beatles' Documentary". Collider. Retrieved on 14 March 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bote, Joshua (30 January 2019). "Peter Jackson To Direct Documentary On The Beatles Recording 'Let It Be'". NPR. Retrieved on 14 March 2020.
  5. Deriso, Nick (11 March 2020). "Peter Jackson's 'Beatles: Get Back' Set for Theatrical Release". UltimateClassicRock. Retrieved on 15 May 2020.
  6. White, Peter (11 March 2020). "Disney Sets Release Date For Peter Jackson's Beatles Documentary" (en). Deadline Hollywood.
  7. D'Alessandro, Anthony (12 June 2020). "'The One And Only Ivan' Heads To Disney+; 'Beatles: Get Back' Moves To 2021 & More: Disney Release Date Changes" (en). Deadline Hollywood.
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