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4 Beatles Biopics Set for John, Paul, George, and Ringo From Director Sam Mendes

4 Beatles Biopics Set for John, Paul, George, and Ringo From Director Sam Mendes

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes is developing four separate biopics, each focusing on one of the four Beatles. Sony Pictures Entertainment announced this morning that Mendes will direct films centered around George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr, scheduled for release in 2027.

The project represents a historic milestone as the Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. and the surviving members – McCartney and Starr alongside the families of Harrison and Lennon – grant complete access to their life stories and music rights for a biopic.

“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,” Mendes said in a statement.

Mendes is set to direct four stand-alone theatrical films. Each will be narrated from a different band member’s perspective, intertwining to unveil the complete tale of the Fab Four. SPE, the entity backing and releasing Mendes’ envisioned films, will unveil the rollout specifics, ensuring an “innovative and groundbreaking” approach.

Mendes will not only direct but also produce. He’s collaborating with his Neal Street Productions partner Pippa Harris and Neal Street’s Julie Pastor. Jeff Jones will serve as an executive producer for Apple Corps Limited, the multi-media organization established by the Beatles in 1968.

“We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling, and epic cinematic experience: four films, told from four different perspectives which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time,” Harris said in the statement. “To have The Beatles’ and Apple Corps’ blessing to do this is an immense privilege.”

The Beatles Biopics Will Have a Lot of Competition in the Coming Years

Of course, it’s no surprise that the Beatles are finally getting the biopic treatment. Music films are becoming a box office hit. Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis and Paramount’s Bob Marley: One Love surpassed expectations.

Meanwhile, multiple projects are underway spotlighting music icons. Antoine Fuqua is set to bring Michael Jackson’s life to the big screen. Amy Winehouse’s story is also being captured in the biopic Back to Black. Lastly, Alien director Ridley Scott is in discussions to direct a film chronicling the ascent of the Bee Gees.

Of course, the Beatles have been extensively covered in numerous books and documentaries. Among these is Peter Jackson’s well-received four-part documentary series, Get Back, from 2021.

The series featured previously unreleased audio and video footage. The Beatles themselves starred in their own films too, such as 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night and 1968’s Yellow Submarine.