In November Jackson’s revitalised version of Let It Be will be released on Disney Plus under a new title: Get Back. The three-part documentary tells the 30-day story of how The Beatles wrote and recorded their final album, Let It Be in 1969. The films will detail how happy the band were together, just months before they split up and started suing one another. Jackson has now spoken out in a new interview about the film’s style and content.
Jackson began by saying: “It’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969 and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”
The original Let It Be film went down in history as the band breaking down in real-time on-screen.
However, Jackson says this isn’t the case. After combing through more than 55 hours of film, he has a much different story to tell.
He said: “There’s probably more conversations with The Beatles in the films than there is actual singing. People won’t be expecting that, I think.” (Via GQ Hype)
Jackson continued: “That sort of intimacy, that fly-on-the-wall aspect of it, where you’re in a time machine and you’ve gone back and you’re a fly on the wall with The Beatles. That will, I think, surprise people, because it is very intimate.
“It’s The Beatles as you’ve never seen them before. And the other thing that I think will surprise people is how funny the films are, which, considering the reputation of this footage and the Let It Be movie, you don’t associate with January 1969, but they’re very funny films.”
The Lord of the Rings director then added: “They’re all good friends and they remain good friends all the way throughout the series. This is before the Allen Klein period when they start to argue.”
Jackson’s reference to Apple Corps’ Klein is the tumultuous period of time that involved the band suing one another over the ownership of The Beatles’ songs.
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The argument in question took place between Paul McCartney and George Harrison over the structure of a song.
Jackson revealed: “The moment when George is arguing with Paul, which you see in the original film, is actually the worst of [their arguments].
“You know, when George says: ‘I’ll play whatever you want me to play. Or I won’t play at all if you don’t want me play’ … ‘I’ll do anything to please you’ sort of thing.
“I’ve tried to use nothing at all from Let It Be, so Get Back is completely different. I didn’t want to usurp the original film, so this is a companion piece. But the one area we did break that rule is that little exchange between Paul and George, because I didn’t want to be accused of sanitising the films by not having that, because that’s the bit everyone remembers.”
Jackson also revealed he hadn’t done much visual editing on the film.
Other than “colour balancing skin tones” he had not altered any colours in the picture, making the 1960s clothing styles to really pop on screen.
The Beatles Get Back arrives on Disney Plus in three parts on November 25, 26 and 27.