The Beatles will be returning to movie theaters for the first time in 45 years with a brand new documentary helmed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard. The documentary, which has the approval of both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, will focus on the band’s years as a touring group from 1960 to 1966.
The film will begin with the Fab Four’s time in Hamburg playing night clubs before shifting to their world-beating years and the rise of Beatlemania before concluding with the band’s last show at Candlestick Park in 1966. The film will be the first original theatrical release from The Beatles since the ill-fated 1970 documentary Let It Be.
In an interview with Billboard, Howard described what brought him to agree to direct the film. “What’s so intriguing to me is not only the subject, but the context we can bring to it now,” Howard said. “Not only can we do a study of these touring years, the narrative of an odyssey, we can look at the significance of the Beatles as individuals — as musical geniuses, as societal leaders and their effect on global culture. Dramatically it makes a lot of sense and cinematically, we have a chance to offer a unique experience.”
Currently, Howard and the film’s producers are asking fans to help contribute to the film. Specifically, they are looking for rare or unseen fan footage, photographs, or memorabilia “that highlight the fan experience–what it was like to be a part of the frenzy.” If you have anything that you would like to submit for use in the film, you can visit the film’s website.
The as-of-yet-untitled Beatles documentary is scheduled for a late 2015 release.