Thursday 31 January 2019 by Pete Redfern

Peter Jackson to make Beatles film more scenic by setting it in New Zealand


New Zealand Beatles film

Filming for Peter Jackson’s upcoming movie about the Beatles will take place in New Zealand after the director took a cursory location scouting visit to Liverpool.

The documentary, which will chart the success of the band across their ten-year career, is also expected to be filmed in real time, giving the feature an expected running time of a decade.

Executive producer Simon Williams told press, “Peter has wanted to make a music documentary for a while now, and given his attention to detail and his penchant for lengthy film franchises, a movie about one of the greatest and most influential bands in history was too good an opportunity to pass up.

“But sadly the Rolling Stones weren’t up for it, so he went with The Beatles instead.”

He went on, “Peter intends to show every recording session and every live performance in full, interspersed with footage of the band sitting around making funny quips and dropping acid, so we’re looking at a running time of just under ten years in total, equating to several thousand films.

“And naturally it will all be filmed in New Zealand. Have you seen it? It’s really rather scenic there. We’ll even be using one of the old hobbit homes to replicate The Cavern Club where the band started out.”

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are expecting to play themselves, and Andy Serkis is rumoured to be playing the parts of John Lennon and George Harrison.

Elijah Wood will be making a brief cameo as Linda McCartney.

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