Ron Howard is no stranger to music documentaries, especially with last week’s release of the Jay Z documentary, Made in America. It’s somewhat fitting, then, that the storied actor/director/producer would turn his sights from one of the most influential rappers to the most influential band in history, The Beatles. With full support from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison, Howard will be directing the official documentary on The Fab Four. The currently untitled documentary will feature 12 to 20 songs from The Beatles’ catalog, fan-submitted videos, and more; the doc will also take a look at the band’s history and their impact on culture. No date has been set, but a 2015 release is targeted.
In a statement released by Howard, the director had this to say about the project:
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. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.
Considering how huge The Beatles still are these days (hey Shawn and Blake!), it was only a matter of time before an “official” documentary on the band was produced. Thankfully, it’s in the very capable hands of Ron Howard, so the film’s quality should be very high and treated with utmost respect. Now, it’s only a matter of time before an official documentary on The Monkees is released…