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Paul McCartney reveals plans to release a “new version” of Beatles film 'Let It Be' with unseen footage


Paul McCartney has revealed plans to “new version” of Beatles’ iconic film Let It Be.

The film, which was originally released in 1970, captured the Beatles recording their final studio album and included rare footage of the band’s last ever performance which came on the roof of Apple HQ in central London.

Now, with the 50th anniversary of the film being planned out for 2020, Macca explained that discussions have been held with the idea of making a new version of the feature. According to the man himself, there’s 56 hours of unseen footage backed up.

“I think there may be a new version of it,” McCartney said in an interview with Canada’s Radio X. “That is kind of the latest gossip,” he added.

“We keep talking about [a re-release],” he continued. “We have meetings at Apple, you know, the original Beatles Apple. And it’s one of the things you never quite know what’s gonna happen with it. So there’s no [definite] story at the moment. But I keep saying ‘what’s gonna happen?’, because people ask about it.

“I tell you what I think it’s gonna happen,” McCartney continued. “I think there may be a new version of it. That’s kind of the latest gossip. There’s a lot of footage, and the original movie came out, and it was really sort of about the break-up of The Beatles. And so for me, it was a little sad, the movie.

“But I know people have been looking at the [unreleased] footage; there are about 56 hours of footage. And someone was talking to me the other day and said: ‘The overall feeling is very joyous and very uplifting. It’s like a bunch of guys making music and enjoying it’, you know. So I think there is some talk about making a new movie, re-editing it from the same period, from the same footage.

“We can make a new film out of it. So who knows, that may be happening in a year or two.”