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Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

SAM MENDES/NEAL STREET PRODUCTIONS TO MAKE LANDMARK BEATLES BIOPIC PROJECT FOR SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

FOUR FEATURE FILMS, ONE FROM EACH BAND MEMBER’S PERSPECTIVE, WILL HAVE GLOBAL THEATRICAL RELEASE IN 2027


Culver City, CA (February 20, 2024) -- Today, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Sam Mendes, and Neal Street Productions announced a groundbreaking creative endeavor to tell the story of The Beatles with four distinct theatrical feature films. The project marks the first time Apple Corps Ltd. and The Beatles – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison – have granted full life story and music rights for a scripted film.

As conceived by Mendes, who will direct, the four theatrical feature films – one from each band member’s point-of-view – will intersect to tell the astonishing story of the greatest band in history.

SPE will finance and distribute worldwide with full theatrical windows in 2027. The dating cadence of the films, the details of which will be shared closer to release, will be innovative and groundbreaking.

Mendes will direct all four films and produce alongside his Neal Street Productions partner Pippa Harris and Neal Street’s Julie Pastor. Jeff Jones will executive produce for Apple Corps Ltd.

“I’m honored to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies,” said Sam Mendes.

“We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling, and epic cinematic experience: four films, told from four different perspectives which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time,” said Pippa Harris. “To have The Beatles’ and Apple Corps’ blessing to do this is an immense privilege. From our first meeting with Tom Rothman and Elizabeth Gabler, it was clear that they shared both our passion and ambition for this project, and we can’t think of a more perfect home than Sony Pictures.”

“Apple Corps is delighted to collaborate with Sam, Pippa and Julie to explore each Beatle’s unique story and to bring them together in a suitably captivating and innovative way,” said Apple Corps Ltd. CEO Jeff Jones. “Sony Pictures’ enthusiastic support, championing the project’s scope and creative vision from the start, has been invaluable for all of us.”

“I know I speak for our CEO Tony Vinciquerra, who was instrumental in making this happen, and every Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group colleague around the world when I say: ‘yeah, yeah, yeah!’” said Tom Rothman, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group. “Theatrical movie events today must be culturally seismic. Sam’s daring, large-scale idea is that and then some. Pairing his premiere filmmaking team, with the music and the stories of four young men who changed the world, will rock audiences all over the globe. We are deeply grateful to all parties and look forward ourselves to breaking some rules with Sam’s uniquely artistic vision.”
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

Four movies in one year? That's a big ask for moviegoers, especially the Ringo movie.
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

Ehhhhh I dunno
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

And shortly after home video release some enterprising young editor will edit these four movies into a single tight film.
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

Originally Posted by Sam_Mendes
I’m honored to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time
So he's telling the story of the Rolling Stones out of the perspective of the Beatles? Interesting choice.
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

Originally Posted by Decker
Four movies in one year? That's a big ask for moviegoers, especially the Ringo movie.
If they're smart, they'll release the Ringo movie first, followed by George, Paul, then John last. That's the way I'd do it.
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

Think it’d be smarter to get as many people as possible into the theatre for the first one so that they can see bits of the other films’ leads which if they’re really good will help sell the “lesser” Beatle films. Id go John, Ringo, George, Paul.

Could see the argument for your order as well though.
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

Originally Posted by Decker
That's a big ask for moviegoers, especially the Ringo movie.


I'll wait for the Blu-ray box set of all four films, which will also include Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe short films as bonus material.

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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

Hopefully they have a plan to make these from the band members’ perspectives without essentially making the same movie four times with slight variations.
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I’m hoping that The Beatles portion of their career is half or less of each films’ runtime.
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

Oh. Yay. The Beatles Cinematic Universe. Woohoo.
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

This kinda reminds me of when KISS released four solo albums (although on the same day, not just the same year). It didn't work out as well as they thought it would (although Ace's album was the absolute tits!). I can't see this working out much better, four Beatles films in a year, and one of them is Ringo? Oof.
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I love the Beatles and yet still think this idea sounds like the height of cinematic wanksmanship.
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

Yeah, I'm a big fan as well, but I just have a bad feeling about this. Especially because it involves the name "Sony", if there's a way to fuck this up they will find it, they have that gift.
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Originally Posted by cultshock
Yeah, I'm a big fan as well, but I just have a bad feeling about this. Especially because it involves the name "Sony", if there's a way to fuck this up they will find it, they have that gift.
Maybe Sony will treat it like their Spider-man properties and so none of the Beatles will actually appear in any of the movies.
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

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Maybe Sony will treat it like their Spider-man properties and so none of the Beatles will actually appear in any of the movies.

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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

Originally Posted by HeIsTheZissou
I love the Beatles and yet still think this idea sounds like the height of cinematic wanksmanship.
I think that title belongs to Peter Jackson's Get Back.
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I think that title belongs to Peter Jackson's Get Back.
I liked it, but that was after years of having to make due with watching horrible looking laserdisc copies of Let it Be.
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

Honestly, a terrible idea. Haven't the Beatles already made enough money? Four movies is overkill and I don't think there's a huge push for a movie on each Beatle. Feels like a Paul move if we're being frank.
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Can't wait for the groupies movies.
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Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
Hopefully they have a plan to make these from the band members’ perspectives without essentially making the same movie four times with slight variations.
I'm betting one of the four will be in B&W. Maybe Ringo's will be 3D.
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Originally Posted by HeIsTheZissou
Maybe Sony will treat it like their Spider-man properties and so none of the Beatles will actually appear in any of the movies.
Rumors are Sony may pull the plug on this. They actually thought The Beatles were villains to be spun off in the Spider-Man universe.
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

I think the Ringo movie could be the best one because his pre-Beatle life story hasn't been as well documented. Ringo's movie will also cover his time as the drummer for Rory Storm & The Hurricanes.
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Re: Sony Beatles Project (2027 D: Mendes) - 4 individual films

Maybe they can get Timothee Whatshername to do a cameo as Bob Dylan and do the scene where he pukes in John Lennon's lap in a the back of a limo.
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Originally Posted by stvn1974
Maybe they can get Timothee Whatshername to do a cameo as Bob Dylan and do the scene where he pukes in John Lennon's lap in a the back of a limo.
Dylan puking is still a better song than most of what the Beatles recorded.

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