Ron Howard tapped to direct The Beatles' official documentary on touring years

By Daniel S Levine,

The Beatles have hired Oscar winner Ron Howard to test his documentarian skills with a new film about the Fab Four’s years as a touring powerhouse. The film will chronicle the group’s days on the road, from their pre-fame days in the Cavern Club to their last public concert in San Francisco in 1966.

“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 in a statement. “Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”

Howard and Brian Grazer’s Image Entertainment will co-produce the film with the Beatles’ Apple Corps. Ltd, and White Horse Pictures. The surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono and George Harrison’s widow Olivia Harrison, are fully cooperating.

Grammy Winner Nigel Sinclair of White Horse is also among the producers with Howard and Glazer.

There is no title or release date set for the film.

Howard, who won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, does have a link to the music industry. He recently directed a documentary on Jay Z’s Made In America festival. His most recent feature film was Rush.

As for The Beatles, the group celebrated the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day’s Night this month. The movie made $160,000 in limited release over the July 4 weekend.

image courtesy of ACE/INFphoto.com



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