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 - The Beatles / 1967-1970 - 1st - VG+ - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 07-Aug-2020 14:26)on August 9, 2020 at 6:43 am
THE BEATLES The Beatles / 1967-1970 (1973 UK 28-track double LP compilation, housed in the original front laminated gatefold picture sleeve with matching blue lyric inners. The sleeve is Excellent with the odd small corner crease & the vinyl grades VG+/EX- with some faint paper hairlines not upsetting play, priced advantageously PCSP718)
- The Beatles - Let It Be... Naked - UK - 2-CD album set - £9.99, $12.49, €11.19 (New Item) (arrived 07-Aug-2020 13:35)on August 9, 2020 at 6:43 am
THE BEATLES Let It Be... Naked (2003 UK 2-disc set including the remastered and re-edited 11-track CD album [with Phil Spector production removed] plus a bonus disc featuring a 22 minute 'Fly On The Wall' documentary with The Beatles at work in rehearsal and in the studio in January 1969, complete with a deluxe booklet, picture sleeve)
- The Beatles - Revolver - UK - CD album - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 07-Aug-2020 13:26)on August 9, 2020 at 6:43 am
THE BEATLES Revolver (1990s issue UK 14-track CD album featuring some of their all-time classics such as Taxman, Eleanor Rigby, Yellow Submarine, Tomorrow Never Knows and more. An AAD recording [analogue tape session, analogue mix & edit, digital transcription to CD], complete with picture booklet insert & back insert printed with the Apple logo CDP7464412)
- The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band - UK - CD album - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 07-Aug-2020 13:22)on August 9, 2020 at 6:43 am
THE BEATLES Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band (1992 UK 13-track CD, housed in an album picture sleeve with booklet & wraparound 'cut-outs' sheet in a glossy slipcase CDP7464422)
- The Beatles - The Beatles Concerto - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.50, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 07-Aug-2020 13:18)on August 9, 2020 at 6:43 am
THE ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA The Beatles Concerto (1979 UK 7-track LP, including the side long piece in three movements with six interpretations of Beatles songs on side two. The picture sleeve has a vintage Super Savers price sticker attached & is complete with the album notes inner written by George Martin. The sleeve & vinyl are Excellent with some light signs of wear & play PAS10014)
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