Disney Plus to Release Original 1969 Let It Be Film After Get Back Success

Disney Plus will release the original 1969 version of the Let It Be film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, on November 10, 2024. The film, unavailable for 50 years, marks a significant event in rock history, capturing the Beatles' final album and last concert.

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Disney Plus to Release Original 1969 Let It Be Film After Get Back Success

Disney Plus to Release Original 1969 Let It Be Film After Get Back Success

In a historic move, Disney Plus is set to release the original 1969 version of theLet It Befilm, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, following the success of Peter Jackson's Get Back series. This release marks a significant event in rock history, as the film has been unavailable to the public for 50 years.

The Let It Be project began in 1969 when Paul McCartney approached Michael Lindsay-Hogg to discuss the possibility of the Beatles performing a concert, their first since stopping touring in 1966. Lindsay-Hogg's journey with the band started earlier in 1966 when he directed the videos for "Paperback Writer" and "Rain." In August 1968, he directed the "Hey Jude" video, which featured a mixed audience and addressed the issue of the song's long chorus.

The success of the "Hey Jude" video, with increased record sales after its TV airing, rekindled the Beatles' connection with their audience. This experience inspired McCartney to consider doing a concert, leading to theLet It Beproject. Over the next few months, Lindsay-Hogg had irregular meetings with all four Beatles to discuss the idea. McCartney suggested filming some of the rehearsals, which would eventually become the Let It Be film, capturing the band's final album and last concert.

Lindsay-Hogg reflects on the making of the film, stating, "Well, you know we haven't played to any sort of audience since we stopped in 1966, but we"—looking at John Lennon—"we were thinking maybe, just maybe, we could do some sort of a concert somewhere, and would you be interested in doing that with us?" The Let It Be film was initially set to be released in early 1970, but the Beatles' impending breakup and internal conflicts led to the film's delay and eventual reworking.

The original 1969 version of Let It Be will be released in select theaters on October 27, 2024, and will be available everywhere on Disney Plus on November 10, 2024. The film will be available to stream until April 21, 2025. This release provides a unique glimpse into the Beatles' final days as a band, marking a significant moment in rock history that has been unavailable to the public for over 50 years.

Key Takeaways

  • Disney+ to release original 1969 "Let It Be" film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.
  • Film has been unavailable to the public for 50 years.
  • Project began in 1969 as a concert idea, evolved into a film capturing the Beatles' final album and concert.
  • Original version to be released in select theaters on Oct 27, 2024, and on Disney+ on Nov 10, 2024.
  • Film will be available to stream until April 21, 2025.