Director Peter Jackson’s long-awaited documentary The Beatles: Get Back finally has a confirmed home and release date. Today, Walt Disney Studios, Apple Corps, and WingNut Films Productions revealed that Get Back will not be released as a traditional theatrical film but rather will take the form of a three-part series, with each part clocking in at roughly two hours. Part One of the Academy Award-winning filmmaker’s in-depth examination of the Let It Be period will debut on November 25 on Disney+, with Part Two premiering on the 26th and Part Three on the 27th. Jackson crafted the film from over 60 hours of unseen footage shot by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg for the original Let It Be film (as well as more than 150 hours of unheard audio) but promises that there’s much more to the story.
“In many respects, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines,” Jackson observed in the press release. “The story of friends and of individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia – it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible. I’m very grateful to The Beatles, Apple Corps and Disney for allowing me to present this story in exactly the way it should be told. I’ve been immersed in this project for nearly three years, and I’m very excited that audiences around the world will finally be able to see it.”
Bob Iger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Disney, adds, “As a huge Beatles fan myself, I am absolutely thrilled that Disney+ will be the home for this extraordinary documentary series by the legendary filmmaker Peter Jackson. This phenomenal collection of never-before-seen footage offers an unprecedented look at the close camaraderie, genius songwriting, and indelible impact of one of the most iconic and culturally influential bands of all time, and we can’t wait to share The Beatles: Get Back with fans around the world.”
Fans can expect to see the Rooftop Concert of January 30, 1969 in its entirety as well as an in-depth look at the creation of the music featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be. While we wait for the inevitable announcement of a definitive Let it Be box set, Apple Corps and Callaway Arts and Entertainment will preview the documentary with the October 12 release of the 240-page hardcover companion book also titled The Beatles: Get Back. It will be published in nine international language editions around the world.
Today also brought the news of superstar Diana Ross‘ first studio album in 15 years and first of original material in over two decades, or 22 years. Thank You will arrive from Universal Music Group’s Decca imprint on September 10 featuring the inimitable voice of Miss Ross on 13 tracks including the lead single (and title track) “Thank You,” released today to streaming and download services. The upbeat and rhythmic “Thank You,” written by Amy Wadge, Christian Paul Wossilek, Nathaniel Ledwidge, Troy Miller, and Diana Ross, was produced by Miller and very much recalls her classic sound while keeping its production firmly rooted in the present day. Watch “Thank You” here on YouTube.
Thank You was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ross’ home studio and was written and recorded by the artist together with a cadre of songwriters and producers including Jack Antonoff, Troy Miller, Triangle Park, Spike Stent, Prince Charlez, Amy Wadge, Neff-U, Freddie Wexler, Jimmy Napes, Tayla Parx, Fred White, and Nathanial Ledgewick. The album will be available in a variety of formats:
- Standard Black Vinyl 2LP;
- Pink Marbled Vinyl 2LP exclusive to Universal Music stores;
- CD with slipcase exclusive to certain Amazon territories (including U.K. and Japan);
- Cassette (exclusive to Universal Music stores); and
- Digital download/streaming.
It’s possible that other retailer exclusive color vinyl variants may be announced at a later date. You’ll find pre-order links and the track listing for the album below. It’s due from Decca on September 10.
Diana Ross, Thank You (Decca, 2021)
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Slipcased CD: Amazon U.K.
2LP (Black): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP (Pink Marble): Universal Music Store
Cassette: Universal Music Store
Various Bundles: Universal Music Store
- Thank You
- If the World Just Danced
- All Is Well
- In Your Heart
- Just In Case
- The Answers Always Love
- Let’s Do It
- I Still Believe
- Count On Me
- Beautiful Love
- Time To Call
- Come Together