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Ron Howard to film documentary on The Beatles

George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform

George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform in London on Nov. 11, 1963. Photo Credit: AP

Ron Howard has been tapped to direct an authorized documentary on The Beatles.

The film has been authorized by Apple Corps Ltd., the band's holding company, and full cooperation is expected from the surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono Lennon, and George Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison. All will be interviewed by Howard, according to Rolling Stone.

The movie will focus on the Beatles' intensely active early years, from 1960 to 1966. That period includes their days as a hardworking nightclub act in Liverpool and Germany; their galvanizing appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; the release of their debut film, "A Hard Day's Night" (currently rereleased in theaters), and their final official concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966.

In terms of The Beatles' discography, those years would cover everything from their 1963 debut, "Please Please Me," to the 1966 landmark, "Revolver."

Howard and the film's production team, which includes rock-doc veteran Nigel Sinclair ("No Direction Home: Bob Dylan"), will reportedly re-create previously unseen concerts using original sound recordings, material from the Apple Corps archives and amateur footage. The filmmakers already have obtained some material from the final show in San Francisco.

"We can now sync it up and create a concert experience so immersive and so engaging, I believe you're going to actually feel like you're somewhere in the '60s, seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it," Howard told Rolling Stone.

"And as a film director, that's a fantastic challenge."


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