Ron Howard to direct new documentary about The Beatles' early years
Ron Howard, director of films like Rush, The Da Vinci Code and Apollo 13, has signed up to direct a documentary about the early years of The Beatles.
According to Rolling Stone, the director has agreed to produce and direct an authorized, as-yet-untitled documentary about the touring years of the band’s career (these are approximately 1960 to 1966).
Howard has already confirmed that he will be interviewing Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono for the documentary.
Speaking about the film, he said: "What's so compelling to me is the perspective that we have now, the chance to really understand the impact that they had on the world. That six-year period is such a dramatic transformation in terms of global culture and these remarkable four individuals, who were both geniuses and also entirely relatable. That duality is something that is going to be very interesting to explore."
The director said that he and his team will be repairing and remastering much of the footage of the band that was created at that time, most of which was shot silently on Super 8 cameras.
The documentary is due for release in late 2015, it is Howard's second music-themed documentary in recent years after he directed the official film about Jay-Z's 'Made In America' festival.
Howard will next be seen on the big screen in early 2015 with the release of his new drama In The Heart Of The Sea, which will star Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson.