Paul: A new version of the Let It Be movie?
|The Let It Be film on video cassette (German edition).|
In an interview with a radio station in Quebec, Canada on September 15, Paul McCartney was asked about the fate of the Beatles’ “Let It Be” film. “We keep talking about that,” Paul confirmed, “we have meetings at Apple” (of course, that’s The Beatles’ company and not the computer giant). He went on to say that nothing was definite, but he “had heard rumours” about how a new version of the film may some day come out. “People have been looking at the footage.” Paul says, estimating that it’s around 56 hours worth af material there. And someone told him “the other day” that the overall feeling (when examining all the available footage) is very joyous and uplifting and mostly “a bunch of guys making music and enjoying it”. So Paul thinks there is “some talk” about making a new movie, re-editing it from the same footage. “Who knows, that may be happening in a year or two,” Paul concludes.
In an interview with the film’s Cinematographer Tony Richmond in February 2017, it was revealed that “…we remastered it 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 and Yoko Ono because they don’t want the acrimony shown.”
This may now change, due to a re-edited version of the film possibly making it palatable for the Lennon and Harrison estates.
Paul McCartney is playing a concert in Quebec this evening, as part of his new “Freshen Up” tour.