Cannes: White Horse Pictures, StudioCanal Split Sales on Ron Howard’s Beatles Doc

The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964

The authorized documentary will focus on the Fab Four’s early years on tour.

Studiocanal and White Horse Pictures have come on board to handle sales on Ron Howard’s upcoming documentary on The Beatles. 

The doc, now is post production, will focus on the band’s touring years in the early 1960s, when the Fab Four invaded America, sparking Beatlemania.

In addition to interviews and stock footage, Howard will incorporate amateur video footage from Beatles fans to recreate previously unseen concerts. It’s Howard’s second music documentary following the Jay-Z festival film Made in America in 2013.

Howard and long-time Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer are producing the Beatles documentary together with White Horse CEO Nigel Sinclair, whose credits include the documentaries George Harrison: Living in the Material World and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, and Scott Pascucci, a producer on George Harrison. Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde of Apple Corps, the Beatles’ company are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East.

“Ron is providing an all-access backstage VIP pass to The Beatles, giving fans fascinating insights on the band, and the ability to experience what it was like on the inside,” said Sinclair in a statement. 

White Horse and Pascucci will rep U.S. rights to the film in consultation with Imagine and Apple Corps. Apple Corps has opened its vast archives to Howard for the film, which will be a fully authorized documentary and is being produced with the cooperation of the Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

Studiocanal and White Horse will handle international sales and will pitch the project to buyers in Cannes next week, screening the first footage of the film. 

Howard's next feature film is the nautical epic The Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth, which Warner Bros. had first scheduled for a March release but will now bow in December.

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