The Beatles will each get their own blockbuster biopic

The Fab Four will be getting their very own biopics in 2027.

Just about every music legend has had – or is about to have – a blockbuster biopic on them, from Queen to Elton John and Michael Jackson. Now, The Beatles are the next rockers who are set to receive the Hollywood biopic treatment.

It was announced this morning that Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director behind American Beauty and Skyfall, will be undertaking the monster task of encapsulating The Beatles’ meteoric rise and impact on music and culture. The move comes just months after The Beatles released their last ever track, Now and Then.

In a ground-breaking move, it was revealed that Sam will be crafting a ‘Beatles Metaverse’ by releasing four films – one from each band member’s point-of-view. 

Each Beatle will get their own dedicated film coming in 2027.

What do we know about the Beatles biopic?

Set for release in 2027, there are no details yet about casting or writers. It’s also not known how the four parts will be distributed.

“I’m honoured to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies,” said Sam Mendes in the official press release.

The project has received blessings from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. In addition, the families of George Harrison and John Lennon have given the nod. This marks the first time The Beatles and Apple Corps have granted full life story and music rights for a film. 

“We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling, and epic cinematic experience: four films, told from four different perspectives which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time,” said Pippa Harris, who is Sam Mendes’ producer. 

The Beatles and their estates have given full permission to Sam Mendes.

“To have The Beatles’ and Apple Corps’ blessing to do this is an immense privilege. From our first meeting with Tom Rothman and Elizabeth Gabler, it was clear that they shared both our passion and ambition for this project. And we can’t think of a more perfect home than Sony Pictures.”

What films have The Beatles inspired?

This may be first biopic to receive full rights from The Beatles, their estates and Apple Corps. But it is by no means the first time we have seen the Fab Four on our screens. As many as 18 biopics on The Beatles have hit the screens over the years. Most notable was Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Nowhere Boy (2009). 

Jukebox films such as Yesterday (2019) and Across the Universe (2007) also The Beatles’ tracks to frame fictionalised stories.

More recently, biographical blockbusters following The Beatles have also enjoyed substantial success. Happy Days star Ron Howard visually and audibly restored 35mm film from The Beatles’ touring era. That resulted in2016 film Eight Days a Week.

In 2021, Peter Jackson undertook the mammoth task of restoring footage from the Let It Be sessions. He released it under the ‘Get Back‘ sessions on Disney+ in an epic eight hour marathon.

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