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Ron Howard’s documentary about The Beatles has secured a ticket to ride.
On Monday, the producers of The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years announced the film will debut Sept. 17 on Hulu, one day after it rolls out in select U.S. theaters. Hulu scooped up exclusive U.S. streaming rights to the authorized doc in May, launching the streamer’s new original documentary division.
Hulu is partnering with indie distributor Abramorama on the film’s U.S. theatrical release. Most cinema owners won’t play a title that’s opening simultaneously on VOD, but a film doesn’t need that many screens to qualify for awards season.
White Horse Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Apple Corps Ltd. teamed in making Eight Days a Week. Along with setting the release date, they also revealed the doc’s first teaser trailer and poster on Monday.
The film — made with cooperation from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison — recounts the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966).
Producers include White Horse Pictures’ Nigel Sinclair and Scott Pascucci and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Howard. Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde of The Beatles’ Apple Corps. are serving as executive producers along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.
European powerhouse StudioCanal is also a partner on the film, having acquired Eight Days for the U.K., France, Germany and Australia and New Zealand.
A world premiere is planned for Sept. 15 in London.
See the film’s poster and trailer below.
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