During a chat with Canadian radio, Paul McCartney revealed that an entirely revamped version of the Beatles’ final movie, Let It Be, is likely in the works. DenOfGeek.com reported McCartney, who’s riding high with Egypt Station — his first chart-topper in 36 years — was asked about that status of Let It Be finally seeing a DVD/Blu-ray release and said: “I think there may be a new version of it. That is kind of the latest gossip. The original movie was really sort of about the break-up of the Beatles and so, for me, it was a little sad.”
He went on to say, “There’s about 56 hours of footage and someone was talking the other day to me and said ‘the overall feeling is very joyous and very uplifting. It’s like a bunch of guys making music and enjoying it,’ y’know? So I think there is some talk about making a new movie, re-editing it from the same period, from the same footage. We can make a new film out of it. So who knows, that may be happening in a year or two.”
The Daily Beatle reported in a February 2017 interview with the film’s cinematographer Tony Richmond in, he explained: “We remastered (Let It Be) for DVD and there were so many outtakes that weren’t used in the film that really show the acrimony between all of the Beatles. But that’s still being held up by George Harrison’s estate and his wife (Olivia Harrison) and Yoko Ono because they don’t want the acrimony shown.”
Back in 2008, McCartney and Ringo Starr reportedly stopped a re-issue of the legendary documentary, because it featured footage showing the internal strife among the “Fab Four.” According to Britain’s Daily Express at the time, an inside source claimed “they don’t like how the band comes across. . . Neither Paul nor Ringo would feel comfortable publicizing a film showing the Beatles getting on each other’s nerves.”
The insider added, “People like to imagine the Beatles were a happy ship but the reality towards the end was very different as this film shows. There’s all sorts of extra footage showing more squabbles but it’s unlikely it will ever see the light of day in Paul and Ringo’s lifetime.”
In 1970 John Lennon recalled the nearly month-long film shoot for Let It Be, saying: “It was just a dreadful, dreadful feeling being filmed all the time. I just wanted them to go away. And we’d be there at eight in the morning and you couldn’t make music at eight in the morning, or 10, or whatever it was . . . in a strange place with people filming you and colored lights.” at Montreal’s Bell Centre.
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