Watch the amazing new trailer for The Beatles: Get Back miniseries

14 October 2021, 09:39

The Beatles rooftop gig
The Beatles rooftop gig. Picture: The Walt Disney Company

By Mayer Nissim

Peter Jackson's long-awaited Beatles films look like they could have been shot yesterday.

The first proper trailer has been released for The Beatles: Get Back miniseries, and it looks absolutely incredible.

The project was first announced all the way back in January 2019. It was originally planned to be a movie set for release in September 2020, but was repeatedly delayed.

With Lord of the Ring director Peter Jackson attached, it then morphed into a six-hour, three-part miniseries that will air on Disney+ in November 2021, and it looks like it has been more than worth the wait.

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Unlike Michael Lindsay-Hogg's controversial Let It Be film from 1970, for which the hours and hours of footage were originally shot, The Beatles: Get Back seems to offer a more positive narrative around the band.

The trailer sets up The Beatles in a race against the clock to get enough songs together for an album and live performance, their first since they quit touring in the summer of 1966.

"Faced with a nearly impossible deadline, the strong bonds of friendship shared by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are put to the test," said Disney.

The Beatles: Get Back
The Beatles: Get Back. Picture: The Walt Disney Company

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"The docuseries is compiled from nearly 60 hours of unseen footage shot over 21 days, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and from more than 150 hours of unheard audio, most of which has been locked in a vault for over half a century."

They added: "What emerges is an unbelievably intimate portrait of The Beatles, showing how, with their backs against the wall, they could still rely on their friendship, good humour, and creative genius."

Jackson has used the same techniques he pioneered for the First World War documentary They Shall Not Grow Old to present The Beatles and late-1960s London in stunning quality.

The Beatles: Get Back
The Beatles: Get Back. Picture: The Walt Disney Company

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The series will feature the entire rooftop concert on London's Savile Row – The Beatles last ever live performance together.

The Beatles: Get Back airs on November 25, 26 and 27, on Disney+.

As well as revisiting the Get Back recording sessions in film, The Beatles release the 50th anniversary deluxe box set version of Let It Be tomorrow (October 15).

The collection features a Giles Martin remix of the original album, as well as a remaster of the original Glyn Johns 1969 Get Back album, session highlights and outtakes.

The album was previously revisited in 2003 for the Let It Be... Naked project, led by Paul McCartney, which stripped away much of Phil Spector's controversial production work.