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Happy Days: Ron Howard Directing Beatles Documentary in 2015, Features Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Jul 22, 2014 02:05 PM EDT

Not like another Beatles' doc needs much introduction, but Ron Howard (that lovable kid from The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days, the Academy Award-winning actor-cum-director, is coming full circle with his obsession with John, Paul, George and Ringo in a new still-untitled documentary spanning the band's career from 1960-66.

This period, if you aren't aware, is the seminal half-decade that the Beatles crossed the globe, sparked Beatlemania and release some of the most successful pop songs to ever hit the Billboard charts.

He plans on interviewing, also, the surviving members (Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr) as well as Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison (wife of the late George Harrison).

Per an exclusive with Rolling Stone, Howard commented, "What's so compelling to me is the perspective that we have now, the chance to really understand the impact that they had on the world."

"That six-year period is such a dramatic transformation in terms of global culture and these remarkable four individuals, who were both geniuses and also entirely relatable. That duality is something that is going to be very interesting to explore," he continued.

Howard is joined, also, by Nigel Sinclair, Grammy-winning producer for such favorite docs as George Harrison: Living in the Material World and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, as well as producers Brian Grazer (Apollo 13, Get on Up) and Scott Pascucci (George Harrison).

So, with recovered Super 8 footage of old concerts matched with unearthed audio, the audience will be able to experience Beatlemania as it was back in the '60s, which captivated a generation and is echoed to this day.

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