What We Know About the ‘The Beatles’ Biopic Production Focused On Their Stories As A Band

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The story of The Beatles will be brought to the big screen from four different perspectives, focusing on the stories of the band members. On this note, we also cover McCartney LSD experience in the 1960s, and Lennon dubbing McCartney as ‘insane’ for his erratic behavior in furious rants. As well as how George and Ringo left intermittently the Beatles to work on their solo materials always finding their way back.
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Sam Mendes is getting ready to break the rules in biopic productions, which have been popular in Hollywood lately.

Sam Mendes, who directed Hollywood productions such as the James Bond stories Skyfall (2012) and Specter (2015), Road to Perdition (2002) and American Beauty (1999), this time to bring the story of The Beatles, the most successful music group of all time, to moviegoers. is being prepared. 

Four different perspectives, four different stories

The director of the film, Sam Mendes, announced that the biopic film will be divided into four separate parts to focus on the stories of The Beatles’ members Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. 

It is stated that special permission was obtained from each group member for the shooting of the films that will be transferred to the big screen, focusing on the perspective of each group member. 

In a statement about the film, Mendes says, “As much as I am proud to tell the story of the greatest rock band of all time, I am also very excited about the new breath I will bring by challenging the concept of cinema.”

The movie’s release date may reach 2027

It is estimated that the script of Sam Mendes, who will produce the film under the umbrella of Neal Street Productions, as well as Jeff Jones, who will executive produce the film under the umbrella of Apple Corps Limited, which was founded by The Beatles in 1968, will be released on the big screen until 2027.

It will be the first production to receive the approval of The Beatles

Described as the greatest music group of all time, The Beatles have inspired many documentaries and films, from their founding story to their disbandment in 1970. 

The products of the studio, where Paul McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr worked together for 10 years, gave the world 14 best-selling albums and many films about this long-lasting story. However, contrary to expectations, the families of The Beatles members did not give the green light to productions about the band.

Despite this, the story of The Beatles has been brought to light in various forms, from documentaries to archival publications. In fact, the most recent documentary, Get Back , released on a digital platform , told the story of The Beatles’ journey leading up to their iconic last performance together in 1969. 

The Beatles first formed in 1962 (Image: Getty)

Let It Be , a documentary shot right after the band’s breakup , was about The Beatles’ attempts to revive the band’s spirit by making a return-to-their album.

Being the first production to receive the personal approval of The Beatles, Sam Mendes’ films promise to immortalize the legacy of the most iconic rock band of all time in pop culture.

Meanwhile, “I’ve Seen My Own DNA”: Paul McCartney on his LSD Experience With The Beatles In The 1960s

Paul McCartney recently turned 76, and it looks like he has no plans of slowing down. The former Beatle released his 18th solo studio album Egypt Station last week, his first original full-length effort since 2013’s New.

It also looks like Macca is still keener than ever to share mind-blowing anecdotes from his seven-decade-plus career as a living rock legend. In a new, detailed interview with GQ, the singer-songwriter touched upon a host of topics — from much tamer topics like his reply to Quincy Jones calling him the “worst bass player ever” and his friendship with Kanye West, to much more risque anecdotes like the decadent Beatles orgies and masturbating alongside John Lennon, McCartney doled out several eyebrow-raising anecdotes from the old days as well as the new.

A particularly insightful topic he addressed in the interview was the Beatles introduction to LSD in the 1960s and the impact the drug had on Macca. Indeed, The Beatles are probably the poster-children of the acid-fueled counterculture era and the impact of the drug on their music is something they have acknowledged many times in past interviews, with McCartney being the first one to open up about it to the Press. In fact, the song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is thought by many to have been a reference to the drug (the initials of the song title spell ‘LSD’), but in reality, that wasn’t the case.

The story goes that the powerful hallucinogenic drug that shaped the counterculture movement was introduced to John Lennon and George Harrison by a dentist at a dinner party who slipped it into their drinks. While John, George, and Ringo were the first to try it, Paul McCartney was the last to get on board and was always wary of the substance. But that doesn’t change the fact that it changed him as a person forever.

“I mean, in the ’60s, when we were tripping away, I remember once in London taking acid and going through the trip — you know, all of that, as anyone who’s ever taken that shit knows what I’m talking about, just the whole intense vision of what the world is, other than how you see it normally,” McCartney says.

He goes on to explain how he once took the drug and proceeded to visualize the double-helix structure of the DNA molecule while tripping. 

“And I remember at the height of it seeing this thing that was like a spiral going up in, in my brain, and it was beautiful colors, like multicolored gems going up this spiral. And then, shortly thereafter, [scientists] discovered the DNA helix…”

“I certainly have a feeling, not only my own birth, I’ve seen my own DNA,” Macca adds. 

Of course, there is one glaring factual loophole in Macca’s anecdote. The double helix structure of the DNA molecule was discovered in 1953 by scientists Watson and Crick, when Paul McCartney was just 11 years old! But it’s interesting to note that there is a popular urban legend which claims that Francis Crick saw the molecular structure himself while under the influence of the drug. 

McCartney also went on to speak about the trend of ‘microdosing’, a popular trend that has been emerging especially in Silicon Valley which includes using minute doses of LSD on a regular basis to enhance productivity without experiencing all the hallucinatory effects of the drug. “I was with a friend the other day, and the latest thing is microdosing. And he was microdosing,” McCartney said, before adding that he himself has not tried it.

“Well. I was asked just the other day, and I thought, ‘You know what, I’ve got the grandkids and stuff. There’s enough going on. I’m okay’,” he says, before smiling ‘devilishly’ and adding, “I’m not ruling it out.”

He also added that being offered to microdose by his friend “it brought back that feeling of peer pressure from the ’60s”. Elaborating on his reluctance to try it with the rest of the band at the time, Macca notes: “Yeah. I heard it changes you and you’ll never be the same again. I thought: ‘Well, that could be a double-edged sword.’ You know, we could be ending up in a loony bin, and ‘Sorry, Paul—I didn’t mean to give you so much’ or ‘It was the wrong batch’ or something. I’m very practical, and my father was very sensible and raised me to be a sensible cat.”

When he was asked if he was indeed never the same again after experiencing the LSD experience, McCartney agreed that he wasn’t. “But it wasn’t as bad as I’d imagined, it wasn’t a sort of horrific thing. But you certainly weren’t the same again. You certainly had insights into what life might be,” he explained.

Finally, he did admit that he was pleased to have tried out the hallucinogen but said that he wished sometimes that the trip would end sooner.

On Another Hand: Beatles Clash; Why John Lennon Dubbed Paul McCartney ‘Insane’ For His Erratic Behavior In Furious Rants.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney would often have arguments when they were in The Beatles, but it was when the band was in the process of splitting up and going solo that John dubbed his former bandmate “insane”, according to an unearthed letter.

John and Paul were credited with writing the majority of The Beatles songs while the band was still together. However, as they gained increasing recognition for their music, the four bandmates – including George Harrison and Ringo Starr – began to fight among one another. By the time they had become international stars, the band was struggling to hold it together. Throughout 1968 and 1969, both George and Ringo intermittently left The Beatles to work on their solo material, but after a short spell away they would find their way back.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney, former members of the Beatles (Image: Getty)

When John decided in September 1969 that he was finally ready for a “divorce” as he termed it and wanted to permanently leave the group, he was begged by Paul and their manager Allen Klein to keep it quiet until the next album Let It Be was released the following year.

However, in April 1970, Paul publicly broke the news that he was leaving the band before the album had come out, and he used to opportunity to promote his debut solo work as well, infuriating John.

Paul briefly denounced their split as relating to the commercial side of music – ‘“it was the business thing that split us apart” – but correspondence between the two shows personal animosity also caused the band’s divisions.

Writing in Vanity Fair in 2016, Lauren Le Vine revealed how John had been scathing towards his former songwriting partner in a letter to Paul’s wife, Linda.

In response, John addressed a letter to both Paul and Linda: “Do you really think most of today’s art came about because of the Beatles? I don’t believe you’re that insane—Paul—do you believe that?

“When you stop believing it you might wake up!

“Didn’t we always say we were part of the movement—not all of it?—Of course, we changed the world, but try and follow it through.

Flashback: The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Album Cover Shoot

It was 56 years ago today (March 30th, 1967) that the Beatles posed for their famous Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. The Beatles, who were sporting psychedelic marching band outfits, had designed the album cover concept with then husband and wife team Peter Blake and Jann Haworth, explaining that they wanted the crowd behind them to include “people they liked.”

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Blake created the scene of the group being flanked by their audience, using mainly cardboard cut-out photographs of famous people. The final shot, which was photographed by the late Michael Cooper, has gone on to be one of the most revered and imitated album covers in rock history. Among the famous figures that the group’s record company EMI flat out rejected were John Lennon’s suggestions of Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi and Adolph Hitler — although cardboard cutouts of Gandhi and Hitler were prepared.

The label made the Beatles write to each of the people appearing on the cover and ask them for permission. Prior to granting approval, Mae West responded by asking, “What would I be doing in a lonely hearts club?” Only Bowery Boy star Leo Gorcey declined, after requesting $400. (He was eventually blocked out by a painted-on palm tree).

Among the many 72 faces featured in the cover are Lenny Bruce, W.C. Fields, Edgar Allan Poe, psychoanalyst Carl Jung, Dion, Fred Astaire, Bob Dylan, Aldous Huxley, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Karl Marx, original Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, Oscar Wilde, Albert Einstein, Marlene Dietrich, and Shirley Temple.

Also featured on the cover were figures on loan from Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, of former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston and the Beatles themselves with their earlier “mop-top” look. A wax figure rumored to be the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson has cropped up on several photos from the session. A doll featured in the corner of the cover wore a sweater declaring “Welcome The Rolling Stones,” as a nod to the group’s good friends and friendly rivals.

In 1995’s Beatles Anthology, George Harrison credited Paul McCartney with coming up with the concept of the Beatles taking on an alter-ego for Sgt. Pepper: [“Well really, it was Paul who had been on a plane journey with (Beatles road manager) Mal Evans and come up with this idea of Sgt. Pepper. And he was just kind of. . . To me, we were just kind of in the studio to make the next record, and he was going on about this idea of some fictitious band.”

Paul McCartney recalled some of the snags that the Beatles faced with their label EMI while creating the mosaic of people surrounding them on the Sgt. Pepper cover: [“There was a bit of dispute about this cover, y’know, everyone — ‘Oh, you can’t do t hat!’ Y’know? ‘Cause that’s the thing if you’re being free, it’s obviously a lot of people saying, “Naughty! Watch it.’ He was great (EMI Chairman) Sir Joe (Lockwood), actually. He was very good during that time. ‘Cause, I think it must’ve come as shock to him, all this stuff. Anyway, he came around to my house and said, ‘I’m afraid old chap, we can’t have Gandhi (laughs).’ (I said) ‘Whaddya mean, can’t? He’s alright! Y’know, what’s wrong with him?‘ ‘Well,’ he said, ‘Might offend the Indians.'”]

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released on June 1st, 1967 and hit Number One on the Billboard 200 album charts exactly one month later — marking the first of its 15-week run at the top spot.

In June 2017, the new stereo mix of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band hit Number One on the UK album charts and topped out at Number Three in the U.S.

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