Ron Howard will direct a new Beatles documentary about the band's touring years, the Beatles' company, Apple Corps, announced Wednesday.
"The gift that I was begging for was a Beatle wig," the former "Andy Griffith Show" actor told Rolling Stone
about one of his birthday wishes as a boy. "And on March 1st, 1964, that's what I got: the Beatle wig of my dreams."
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Howard will have access to all of Apple Corps' archival footage of the Beatles' touring years, which spanned from roughly 1960-1966, in order to produce the film. He will interview surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono and the wife of the late George Harrison, Olivia.
"I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964," said Howard, according to The New York Times
. "Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."
Producers report that One Voice One World, a company that has solicited original Beatles footage from fans, has uncovered a surprising amount of tape, which will be used to recreate previously unseen concerts for the documentary.
Much of the footage is shot on 8mm, and it is often shaky and silent. With the help of modern technology, however, the images can be stabilized, and in some cases synced with recorded audio that was often broadcast over the radio.
The film will likely include the earliest known footage of the Beatles, which was shot by a fan in 1962 without audio.
Another focus point for the film will be the Beatles' final concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966.
"Their last concert in '66, when they were probably the most famous people on the planet, [they] ended up carrying their own amps onstage. I think that’s almost emblematic of the charm of this story," said Nigel Sinclair, the Grammy-winning producer behind the documentaries "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" and "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan," who will also work on the film with Howard.
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