Ron Howard’s authorized documentary about the early years of the Beatles has been set for U.S. theatrical release on Sept. 16 through Abramorama. The film will become available to stream exclusively to Hulu subscribers on the next day, Sept. 17, but the streamed version will not include the Shea Stadium footage.
The Shea Stadium event, one of the first rock concerts ever staged in a stadium in front of more than 55,000 people, was filmed at the peak of the group’s popularity about a year and a half after their “Ed Sullivan Show” appearances.
The footage was shot with 14 35mm cameras by Ed Sullivan Productions and Brian Epstein and has been restored in the 4K format with sound remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin and Sam Okell. It includes performances of “A Hard Day’s Night,” “I’m Down,” “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy.”
The film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse Pictures’ Nigel Sinclair and Scott Pascucci are producing with Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment with Howard.
Apple Corps Ltd.’s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall. Also executive producing is the film’s editor Paul Crowder and long-time collaborator Mark Monroe, who is also serving as writer.
Studiocanal and PolyGram Entertainment are anchor partners on the film, having acquired U.K., France, Germany and Australia and New Zealand rights.
“The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years” is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career from 1962 to 1966 and will delve into how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together from the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.
The title is taken from the 1964 hit single. When the band stopped touring, they had performed 166 concerts in 15 countries and 90 cities.
Producers also released a new trailer Thursday.