Sam Mendes is Plotting Four Theatrical Films Inspired By The Beatles

The Beatles - Paul Mccartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr
The Beatles - Paul Mccartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr. Photo by Granger/REX/Shutterstock (8754325a)

Biopics inspired by the world’s biggest music stars are having a moment right now, and The Beatles are finally getting the Hollywood treatment they deserve. The Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes is plotting four theatrical films inspired by each member of the Fab Four.

This marks the first time The Beatles have granted their full life stories and music rights for a scripted film. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison agreed to join forces with Mendes, Sony Pictures, and Apple Corps Ltd. to bring their story to the big screen.

Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group CEO Tom Rothman described this project as a “culturally seismic” theatrical event and thanked Mendes for approaching them with this daring, large-scale idea.

“Pairing his premiere filmmaking team, with the music and the stories of four young men who changed the world, will rock audiences all over the globe. We are deeply grateful to all parties and look forward ourselves to breaking some rules with Sam’s uniquely artistic vision,” said Rothman in a statement.

The Beatles were formed in Liverpool in 1960, and they went down in history as one of the most iconic rock bands of all time. They went their separate ways in 1970, but shared many previously unreleased songs following their split, including last year’s “Now and Then”.