Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Paul McCartney Documentary Dropping on Hulu Six Weeks Before Beatles Doc from Peter Jackson


We’ve been waiting a year for Peter Jackson’s documentary about the making of the Beatles “Let it Be.” It’s set for the last week of August, a year and some months after the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ technical last release but second to last album.

In the meantime, Hulu has just announced they’re dropping their own Paul McCartney documentary series on July 16th. It kind of sets up the Beatles doc, no? I don’t think it undercuts it, but it’s curious that McCartney commissioned a doc, with Rick Rubin of all people, to precede the “Get Back” movie.

McCartney already had a documentary commissioned and almost made — it was filmed — with director Paul Haggis. But Haggis is now involved in a complicated rape accusation and trial (that I’m sorry, I don’t believe, I know it’s not PC, but it doesn’t fit his profile).  The Haggis film was shelved, the footage wasn’t even used for the Rubin project. Hopefully one day we’ll see it.

I’m looking forward to this six part Rubin series called “3, 2, 1.”  McCartney, like every genius, is quite complex. But he’s even more so. The range of his career will be studied for a long time. McCartney himself is not good at self-evaluation, although we will see his $100 autobiography this fall. I hope Rubin can get to the heart of it. Then of course, they could turn the camera on him. That’s another story!

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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