From Ultimate Classic Rock.
Richard Curtis’ story is set in a world where everyone but one man has forgotten the Fab Four. On discovering he’s the only person who knows their songs, Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, begins a journey toward becoming a guilt-ridden superstar.
“Once I got involved, I wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and the two widows, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, respectfully laying out what I intended to do with the film,” Boyle told Billboard in a new interview. “There’s obviously going to be nerves that somebody could be triggered or upset. But I got really lovely letters from Ringo and Olivia. I can’t talk about it except to say it was very special for me.”
It’s estimated that the cost of securing permission to use the Beatles’ music added $10 million to the movie’s expenses. “Before I signed on, Curtis and Working Title [the production company] had negotiated with the aesthetic and financial guardians of the Beatles: Apple Records and [Sony/ATV Music Publishing], respectively,” Boyle said.
“Apple and Sony are very picky about not only who uses the band’s music but how it is used. Working Title did that first because there’s no point in spending money on a film like Yesterday unless you can guarantee you’ve got the music. It made for a top-heavy budget — the costs for the songs were very expensive, a substantial part of the film’s budget. But they made a clever deal, allowing us the freedom to change songs up to the last minute.”
However, Boyle said there was a possibility that it might become easier in future to license the Beatles’ work. “Now, of course, artists want to be everywhere, really,” he noted. “The Beatles are the exception; [Apple and Sony] want to keep a purity about it. But there are a lot of people in the business advising them not to restrict themselves so much, as older bands re-imagine or reintroduce themselves to a younger audience.”
Yesterday arrives in theatres on June 28.
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- The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - EX - UK - picture disc LP - £50.00, $68.00, €60.00 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jan-2022 12:41)on January 22, 2022 at 9:00 am
THE BEATLES Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1979 UK 13-track Picture Disc LP, featuring the fantastic Peter Blake artwork housed in a matching die-cut laminated sleeve with lyrics on the back. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear with some minor laminate creasing and the disc remains near 'as new' with few signs of play PHO7027)
- The Beatles - Let It Be - Box Set - UK - vinyl box set - £2,495.00, $3,393.20, €2,994.00 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jan-2022 13:43)on January 22, 2022 at 9:00 am
THE BEATLES Let It Be (Incredibly rare original 1970 UK 12-track vinyl LP box set, housed in the fully laminated picture sleeve with red apple on the reverse, & including the exclusive 160-page softback photo book 'The Beatles Get Back', packed with colour / B&W photos & text from the film which was never sold separately, all held snuggly in a special 12" laminated slipcase box! PXS1) See 'More Info' for further details on condition ...
- The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever EP - 1st - French - 7" vinyl - £45.00, $61.20, €54.00 (Back In Stock) (arrived 13-Jan-2022 09:30)on January 22, 2022 at 9:00 am
THE BEATLES Strawberry Fields Forever (1967 French first issue 4-track 7" vinyl EP also including And Your Bird Can Sing, Penny Lane and I'm Only Sleeping, front laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light wear, mostly to the unlaminated back, and the vinyl remains in superb condition with few sigsn of play MEO134)
- The Beatles - All My Loving - 1st - French - 7" vinyl - £35.00, $47.60, €42.00 (Back In Stock) (arrived 13-Jan-2022 09:30)on January 22, 2022 at 9:00 am
LES BEATLES All My Loving EP (1964 French first issue wide centred 4-track 7" vinyl EP, also including Little Child, Hold Me Tight & Don't Bother Me, fully laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little stressing at the opening and scuffing to the edges, with the vinyl remaining in excellent condition with just a few light surface scuffs to show for its fifty five years SOE3751)
- The Beatles - Yesterday EP - French - 7" vinyl - £50.00, $68.00, €60.00 (Back In Stock) (arrived 13-Jan-2022 09:30)on January 22, 2022 at 9:00 am
LES BEATLES Yesterday EP (Rare 1965 French second issue wide centred 4-track 7" vinyl EP, fully laminated flipback picture sleeve. This rarer second variant of the sleeve has 'Yesterday' highlighted instead of 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away'. The sleeve shows a little laminate lift and minor age yellowing with a bit of damage to the bottom flip, but remains respectable, with the vinyl remaining in excellent condition with few signs of play SOE3772)
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