Peter Jackson Reveals Sneak Peek of Beatles Doc 'Get Back'

The Oscar-winning Kiwi director said the upcoming film was drawn from 56 hours of never-before-seen footage of the Fab Four.

Peter Jackson has released a sneak peek of his upcoming documentary The Beatles: Get Back, teasing some of the 56 hours of unseen footage the director has had access to of the Fab Four.

Posted early Monday on Paul McCartney's official Twitter account, the footage begins with an intro by the Oscar-winning Kiwi director. Jackon begins by admitting the pandemic has postponed the postproduction and release plans for the film, which focuses on the band during the recording of its final album, Let It Be. "Now this film was due to be finished around about now, but like the rest of the world, it's been affected by the covid pandemic. The only good thing really, is that we are editing the movie in New Zealand, now that our country has largely stamped out the virus we are able to come back into the cutting room and carry on with the editing we are doing. So here we are, we've got 56 hours of never before seen Beatles footage, and it's really great stuff," he said.

He added: "I would say we're about halfway through the edit now, but because you've been so patient and the film's been delayed until 2021, we thought it was a good time to give you a little a sneaky preview of what we've been working on and the sort vibe and energy the film will have."

Jackon said the clip was not a trailer and not a sequence from the film, more a montage to give a sense of the "spirit" of the film.

The Lord of the Rings director's Beatles doc draws from material originally recorded by Michael Lindsay-Hogg while the band was recording the 1970 album Let It Be, the seminal record that had the working title of Get Back. Lindsay-Hogg's Let It Be film was shot in 1969 but not released until 1970, after the Beatles had officially broken up.

Jackson has previously said that he worked on the film with cooperation from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

Jackson's most recent directorial effort was the critically acclaimed World War I documentary They Shall Never Grow Old.

The Beatles: Get Back will be released Aug. 27, 2021.