Four Films About Each Member Of The Beatles Are Coming From Director Sam Mendes

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes has announced that he will be making four separate fiction films about one of the most famous bands in music history, The Beatles.

Each film will cover the story of one of the members of the band, meaning John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison will have their own films. 

The project has received the blessing of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the families of both John Lennon and George Harrison.

This officially marks the first time that the remaining members of The Beatles, Lennon and Harrison’s families, and Apple (who owns the rights to the band’s music), have agreed to give the members life stories and their music rights over for a scripted film. 

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Mendes revealed that all four films will be released in 2027, and will tell stories that are interconnected. Each movie will be told from the perspective of the given band member. 

“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.”

Pippa Harris is Mendes’ producer, and explained to Deadline Magazine that the director initially had this idea a year ago: 

“It’s a testament to his creative brilliance and powers of persuasion that Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Sean Lennon and Olivia Harrison responded with such warmth and enthusiasm as soon as he spoke with them,” she stated. 

“What is truly exciting is for Sam to have the freedom to delve into the lives of each of the Beatles, with nothing off limits and no sense of the band wanting him to tell a particular ‘authorized’ version of their rise to success.”

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Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tom Rothman discussed how when it comes to movies today, directors need large scale ideas, which is exactly what he believes Mendes is doing. 

“Theatrical movie events today must be culturally seismic. Sam’s daring, large-scale idea is that and then some. Pairing his premiere film-making 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 to breaking some rules with Sam’s uniquely artistic vision,” Robinson stated

Mendes’ debut film, ‘American Beauty’, won five Oscars in 2000. The two James Bond films he directed, ‘Skyfall’ (2012) and ‘Spectre’ (2015), are still the highest grossing films in the franchise. 

‘1917,’ his single-shot war film won three out of the 10 Oscars it was nominated for. 

While there have been more than 15 biopics on The Beatles, both TV and movie, this fresh approach with approval from all four members’ respective parties will be a fresh take on one of the world’s most famous bands.