The as yet untitled film will be made with the cooperation of
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia
Harrison. It is scheduled to open in theaters by the end of next
Howard said he was "excited and honored" to be making the film
about the Beatles with Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures
and his producing partner Brian Grazer.
"Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot
be exaggerated," Howard, a former child actor who won a best
director Oscar in 2002 for "A Beautiful Mind," said in a
The film will chronicle the British group who began playing in
Liverpool in 1960 and later in Hamburg, Germany before storming
America in 1964 and appearing on The Ed Sullivan show.
News of the upcoming film coincides with the 50th anniversary of
the Beatles' first appearance on the show.
The film will include concert footage and up to a dozen songs
performed by the group, according to Howard.
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Diane Craft)
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