On July 16 it was announced Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles touring years. During the mid-1980s the famed film director spent an extensive amount of time in Tampa Bay filming “Cocoon.” Now you can take a boat tour at John’s Pass to see the home with the indoor swimming pool.
Howard’s untitled music documentary will cover the early years of the Beatles live shows at Liverpool’s The Cavern Club, Hamburg clubs, and British gigs to the mid ‘60s global tours. This will be the first official documentary put out in association with The Beatles Apple Corps since 1970s “Let It Be.”
It has the full cooperation from the former Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, plus Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison as the representatives and wives from the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison.
Others who’ll be involved with the Beatles doc-project include Nigel Sinclair who produced the Emmy-winning HBO doc “George Harrison: Living in the Material World,” in addition to “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan”, as well as producers Brian Grazer (“Apollo 13”) and Scott Pascucci (“George Harrison: Living in…”).
This is not the first time Ron Howard has been involved in a musical documentary. His first venture was with Jay Z titled “Jay Z’s Made in America.” In his first documentary he had no idea who the hip hop, rap, and edm artists were (Kanye West, Run DMC, and Skillrex).
Ron was 9 years old when the Beatles first appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He instantly became a fan of their music and wanted a Beatles wig for his birthday. During that time he was co-starring with Andy Griffith in the popular TV sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show.”
When he later starred in another popular sitcom “Happy Days,” John Lennon brought his son Julian onto the set, since Julian was a fan of the Fonz. Ringo Starr and The Who’s drummer Keith Moon wandered on the “Happy Days” set a year after the Lennon’s visit.
In late 2012 announcements online, via The Beatles Live Project, encouraged fans who attended shows from The Cavern to Shea Stadium and Budokan to Candlestick Park could send in films, audio recordings, and still photos. This documentary will showcase many of these fans well-kept Beatles memorabilia. The Beatles documentary is slated for a late 2015 release, possibly in time for the holidays.