Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ron Howard's Beatles documentary coming to theaters, Hulu

Ron Howard's "Eight Days a Week," a documentary about the Beatle's live-performing years, will air on the streaming service, Hulu, following a premiere run in theaters this fall, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The film — which is being produced with cooperation from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison — will debut in theaters and on Hulu this fall, telling the story of The Beatles' early days. It will mark the first time Hulu exclusively premieres a documentary following its theatrical run.

Eight Days a Week is being produced by White Horse Picture's Nigel Sinclair and Scott Pascucci and Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Howard. Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde of The Beatles' Apple Corps. are serving as executive producers long with Imagine's Michael Rosenberg and White Horse's Guy East and Nicholas Ferral.
Some additional info from a Hulu press release:
Debuting in theaters and on Hulu this fall, “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week” is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard‘s film will explore how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.” It will explore their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, exploring The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. The film will focus on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. 
“The Beatles: Eight Days A Week” marks the first documentary feature to premiere exclusively on Hulu following its theatrical run and comes to Hulu in the company’s first-ever licensing deal with Apple Corps Ltd. The film will be the first to launch under the new Hulu Documentary Films arm, which will serve as a new home for premium original and exclusive documentary film titles coming to Hulu.
And from Variety:
In a recorded video segment, Ron Howard and Paul McCartney presented a preview clip of “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week,” with the former Beatle saying the film brought back great memories of the group’s early days. Hulu closed out the event by playing the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.”

 Interesting tidbit: The Beatles never performed "Eight Days a Week" live - not even on the BBC.

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