Ron Howard to direct Beatles documentary

The award-winning filmmaker will explore the Fab Four’s touring years


Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is to direct a documentary about The Beatles’ early career.


From their days in Liverpool’s Cavern Club to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco. in 1966, the film will focus on their touring years.

“Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated,” Howard says.

The Beatles began touring Europe in late 1963, but it was their appearance on America’s The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 that sparked the exploding British invasion.

The documentary will be produced in cooperation with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

Grammy Award winner Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Oscar winner Brian Grazer are also on board to produce with Howard.


Howard and Grazer have collaborated on a number of critically acclaimed films, including Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon and A Beautiful Mind. Howard’s most recent film was the 2013 sports drama, Rush.