Ron Howard to direct Beatles documentary

Ron Howard to direct Beatles documentary

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(FILES) In this file picture taken on )ctober 26, 1965 Beatles fans try to break through a police line at Buckingham Palace in London where the group were due to receive the Member of the British Empire (MBE) decoration from the Queen.

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 17 at 6:23 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles that focuses on the band's touring years during the early 1960s.

Howard announced the project Wednesday. The film is being made with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. The Beatles company, Apple Corps, is co-producing the film.

The as-yet-untitled film is the second documentary directed by Howard, who said he's long been a Beatles fan. Howard previously made the 2013 Jay-Z documentary "Made in America."

The film will run up to the Beatles' final concert in San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966. Much footage for the documentary has already been gathered.

The movie is tentatively slated for release late next year.

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