Photo: The Beatles | By Kevin Polowy, Yahoo Entertainment | There were countless film and television projects delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Only one, to our knowledge, was also tripled in parts and nearly quadrupled in length.When Peter Jackson’s eagerly anticipated The Beatles: Get Back was announced in January, 2019, it was planned as a theatrical documentary release, with an expected runtime that typically hovers around two or two-and-a-half hours.

But as the Lord of the Rings director immersed himself in the 55 hours worth of previously vaulted footage that documented the recording of The Beatles’ final album, Let It Be, in 1969, he struggled to come anywhere close to that.

“We were at about eight hours at some point,” he told us in a recent virtual interview (watch in the original article). When its release was pushed a year due to COVID-19, Jackson and his distributor Disney reassessed. “And at some we realized the two-and-a-half hour movie was sort of a dumb idea.”
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