Ron Howard to direct authorized Beatles documentary

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Ron Howard, who named the production company he co-founded with Brian Grazer after the John Lennon song “Imagine,” will direct an authorized documentary of the Beatles. It will focus on the band’s years of hectic touring around the world, which began in the Cavern Club in Liverpool, exploded after they performed on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, and culminated at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.

“I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse Pictures 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.”

The documentary, which will be produced by Apple Corps, Imagine, and White Horse Pictures, has the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison. This will be Howard’s second music documentary after Made in America, his 2013 film about Jay-Z’s all-star concert.

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