Monday, May 20, 2024

Paul McCartney Adds Rick Rubin-Produced Doc Mini Series to Already Commissioned Paul Haggis Film


Paul McCartney once sang, “I go back so far, I’m in front of me.”

Now we’re going to get the whole story, courtesy of eccentric record producer Rick Rubin. The pair are going to make a six part documentary series that I’m sure Apple or Netflix will battle for in an auction. The series is going to cover Paul’s whole career, with all his masters leaving Abbey Road (that’s a mistake, Rubin should gave gone there) for Los Angeles.

McCartney already has a documentary that is presumably finished, made by director Paul Haggis. It’s unclear whether that will stand alone or be subsumed into this project.  I know that Haggis’s project was supposed to be quite good, so we’ll see where this all leads.

Meantime, of course, Friday brings McCartney’s “McCartney III” album, which I adore, and is getting great reviews. I can’t wait for everyone to hear some of those songs.

Do the Beatles matter in 2020? Let’s just say that’s the second McCartney item today and the second Beatles story, after Ringo’s announcement earlier today. Will we be able to say that in 50 years about any of today’s contemporary artists? I doubt it.

PS Presumably Paul is also still working on the Broadway musical version of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” He just keeps working! We’re lucky!

PS I do wonder why this trailer begins and ends with a song Paul didn’t write, “Come Together,” but no one asked me!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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