Peter Jackson to direct new Beatles documentary from Let It Be footage

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The project will restore archive material filmed in 1969 as the band recorded album

Following his successful first world war documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson has signed on to direct a second archive project: a film edited from the full 55 hours of footage of the Beatles’ Let It Be recording sessions.

A feature-length documentary, entitled Let It Be, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and culled from footage from the sessions as well as a celebrated rooftop concert in London’s Savile Row, was released in 1970 after the band had informally split up, but before Paul McCartney launched legal proceedings to dissolve the group.

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