Ron Howard to direct new documentary about The Beatles' early years

The film will follow the band in their touring days

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Ron Howard is to direct new documentary about The Beatles' early years.

The film will be produced for the Beatles' Apple Corps Limited company with White Horse Pictures and will be made with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

It will focus on the formative touring days of the band, from shows at Liverpool's Cavern Club and their time in Hamburg, up until their 1966 gig in Candlestick Park, San Francisco.

Speaking about the project, Howard – who recently directed the film about Jay Z's Made In America festival – commented: "I am excited and honoured to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night was recently re-released in cinemas on its 50th anniversary. The 1964 film, which follows a day in the life of the band with Beatlemania in full swing, was fully restored and a limited-edition DVD and Blu-ray release will follow the cinema release on July 21.

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