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Ron Howard named as director for new documentary on the Beatles tours

The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. announced July 16 that Academy Award winner Ron Howard will direct a forthcoming documentary on the Fab Four's tours. The film will include The Beatles’ performances from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco, in 1966. It will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, the announcement said.

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The film, which was announced by Apple Corps, White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, the company Howard co-founded, will be co-produced by Howard and White Horse’s Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award winner Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment. Howard and Grazer have produced a long list of films, including “A Beautiful Mind,” which won Howard an Academy Award for Best Director and also won Best Picture plus two other Oscars in 2002. A release date for the Beatles film hasn't been announced, a spokesman told Beatles Examiner.

“I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964,” Howard said. “Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

The announcement said the project was originally brought to Apple Corps by One Voice One World, which conducted extensive research around the globe, including inviting Beatles fans to send in clips of home movies and photos that they acquired during this extraordinary period through The Beatles Live Project.

The Beatles Live Project was announced in November, 2012 to search for never-before-seen media captured during The Beatles’ concerts. Originally, they indicated they were looking for material only about their tours back to October, 1963, but today's announcement indicates they have reached back even further to the Cavern Club and Hamburg days. OVOW’s Matthew White, Stuart Samuels, and Bruce Higham will form part of the production team as co-producers.

Paul Crowder, who directed and edited the Grammy-nominated “Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who” and also “The Last Play at Shea,” will be editor for the project. Mark Monroe, Crowder's collaborator, will serve as writer. The Beatles documentary is also to be one of the first projects for Nigel Sinclair’s new White Horse Pictures banner, which was founded this year with Guy East. They are also working on a documentary on the Ford Mustang, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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