The Beatles' life stories to be dramatised in FOUR feature-film biopics - find out more

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20 Feb 2024, 15:05

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James Bond director Sam Mendes will direct four feature films based on the life stories of The Beatles.

The four feature films will focus on The Beatles’ story from each of the band’s four members’ distinct points of view. Mendes will direct all four of the biopics based on the lives of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

The project, a collaboration between Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mendes and Neal Street Productions marks the first time The Beatles’ very own Apple Corps Ltd, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison have granted the full life story and music rights for a scripted film based on the band.

Information about exactly when the films will be released is currently under wraps, but Sony have said they are eyeing 2027 for all four of the movies’ “innovative and groundbreaking” distribution.

Speaking about taking on the unprecedented project, Mendes said in a statement released today (20th February): “I’m honored to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies.”

Pippa Harris, one of the films’ producers shared: “We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling, and epic cinematic experience: four films, told from four different perspectives which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time.

“To have The Beatles’ and Apple Corps’ blessing to do this is an immense privilege. From our first meeting with [Sony's] Tom Rothman and Elizabeth Gabler, it was clear that they shared both our passion and ambition for this project, and we can’t think of a more perfect home than Sony Pictures.”

Apple Corps Ltd’s CEO Jeff Jones added: “Apple Corps is delighted to collaborate with Sam, Pippa and Julie [Pastor - a fellow producer] to explore each Beatle’s unique story and to bring them together in a suitably captivating and innovative way.”

Meanwhile Sony Pictures’ Motion Group’ chairman and CEO Tom Rothman joked: “I know I speak for our CEO Tony Vinciquerra, who was instrumental in making this happen, and every Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group colleague around the world when I say: ‘yeah, yeah, yeah!’

“Theatrical movie events today must be culturally seismic. Sam’s daring, large-scale idea is that and then some. Pairing his premiere filmmaking team, with the music and the stories of four young men who changed the world, will rock audiences all over the globe,” he teased.

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