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The Beatles' Story Comes To Life In Four Biopics, Sam Mendes To Direct

The Beatles' Story Comes To Life In Four Biopics, Sam Mendes To Direct

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By Allison Kong on 21 Feb 2024

The Beatles are set to have their life stories portrayed on the big screen, not just in one movie, but four, as announced by Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). Sam Mendes will be directing the four films, each focusing on one of the Beatles: John, Paul, George, and Ringo. He will also produce them with his partner Pippa Harris from Neal Street Productions, along with Julie Pastor.


Sam MendesPhoto from Stuart Wilson/Getty Images

Jeff Jones will serve as executive producer for Apple Corps Ltd. These movies will come together to tell the story of the famous band until their split in 1970. The full life story and music rights have been granted by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison for these scripted films.

The Beatles Photo from Getty Images

“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.

“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. “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.”

The BeatlesPhoto from Getty Images

“Apple Corps is delighted to collaborate with Sam, Pippa and Julie to explore each Beatle’s unique story and to bring them together in a suitably captivating and innovative way,” said Apple Corps Ltd. CEO Jeff Jones. “Sony Pictures’ enthusiastic support, championing the project’s scope and creative vision from the start, has been invaluable for all of us.”

This is the first time the Beatles have fully supported a scripted film. They've been in documentaries before, like Let It Be in the '70s, which showed their breakup, and Peter Jackson's Get Back, about making their album Let It Be. They've also inspired other films like the 2007 musical Across the Universe and 1978's Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Recently, there have been lots of documentaries and movies in theatres and on streaming services revisiting the incredible tales from music history. For example, Bohemian Rhapsody shared Queen's story, Elvis delved into Elvis Presley's eventful life, Tina celebrated Tina Turner, and Rocketman showed how Elton John became a pop sensation.

Photo from 20th Century Studios, HBO

Photo from Warner Bros. Pictures, Paramount Pictures

SPE is all set to fund and release the movies globally in 2027. The release dates for the films will be revealed later, and they promise to shake things up with a fresh and exciting approach.

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