White Horse Pictures and distributor Studiocanal will begin selling Ron Howard’s authorized documentary about The Beatles (pictured) during the Cannes Film Festival.
Filming and post-production on the yet-to-be-titled film, which focuses on the influential rock band’s early touring years, is “well advanced” according to producers. International buyers will get a chance to see new material, including fresh footage of early Beatles performances.
Announced last July, the doc is being produced with cooperation from surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. The sound from the concerts is being restored by long-time Beatles collaborator Giles Martin.
In the doc, Howard will explore the band’s “inner world” and cover how they made decisions and related to each other, as well as how they built their careers over the course of their touring years, which ended with a final public concert in San Francisco in 1966.
White Horse’s Nigel Sinclair and Scott Pascucci are producing alongside Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Howard. Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde of The Beatles’ Apple Corps are exec producing with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East.
Matthew White, Stuart Samuels and Bruce Higham of One Voice One World, which initially brought the project to Apple Corps, are coproducing.
White Horse and Pascucci are repping the U.S. rights for the project in consultation with Apple Corps Ltd and Imagine Entertainment.