Ron Howard To Direct Beatles Touring Years Documentary

Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard has been tapped to direct a documentary about the first part of The Beatles' career - the touring years. The new film, for which no release date has been announced, will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

"I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated," Ron Howard said in a press release released today. Howard's documentary is said to focus on The Beatles' journey from tiny rooms like the Cavern Club in Liverpool to a residency in Hamburg all the way through to the band's final public performance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.

The as-of-yet untitled film will focus on The Beatles’ journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco, in 1966.

Producers of the film have set up a website that includes a section asking for fan submissions. The Submission Page reads, "Were you there? Or were your parents or grandparents a part of Beatlemania? If you or someone you know has visual or audio materials that document the Beatles' live tours, we want to hear from you! We are looking for rare or unusual footage, photographs, and audio recordings, particularly those that highlight the fan experience – what it was like to be a part of the frenzy."

The Beatles have shared a five-minute video that features material in the band's archive that will likely be used for the project:


[Published on: 7/16/14]

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