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 - Beatles For Sale - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £195.00, $269.10, €228.15 (New Item) (arrived 24-Jul-2021 15:50)on July 25, 2021 at 5:20 pm
THE BEATLES Beatles For Sale (1964 UK first issue 14-track mono vinyl LP on the black & yellow Parlophone label, with 'The Parlophone Co Ltd', 'Sold In The UK' & 'Recording First Published 1964' print, 'Emitex' inner & front laminated internalpocket gatefold flipback picture sleeve PMC1240) See 'more info' for further details ...
- The Beatles - Abbey Road - VG - UK - cd album box set - £35.00, $48.30, €40.95 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jul-2021 15:09)on July 25, 2021 at 5:20 pm
THE BEATLES Abbey Road (1987 UK HMV limited edition individually numbered CD box set comprising the 17-track CD album, two different posters & an eight page booklet, all housed in a superb 12" picture box. The box shows a few light storage marks and the contents are in excellent condition BEACD25/7)
- The Beatles - Let It Be - Pathé - UK - vinyl LP - £50.00, $69.00, €58.50 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jul-2021 13:05)on July 25, 2021 at 5:20 pm
THE BEATLES Let It Be (Rare 1973 12-track vinyl LP. This album is a UK issue which was pressed under contract by Pathé Marconi in France. The Apple labels state both 'Mfd In UK' & 'Made In France By Pathé Marconi'. The reason behind this is that the EMI pressing plant in Hayes, UK was undergoing refurbishment at the time, UK manufactured fully laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just light shelfwear & the vinyl appears barely played PCS7088)
- The Beatles - Silver Beatles - US - picture disc LP - £30.00, $41.40, €35.10 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jul-2021 14:26)on July 25, 2021 at 5:20 pm
THE BEATLES Silver Beatles (1982 US 10-track LP Picture Disc, featuring material recorded early 1961 with portraits matching the inserts from 'The Beatles [White Album]', including 'Take Good Care Of My Baby', clear PVC sleeve AR30003)
- The Beatles - Something New - Blue Label - VG - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.70, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jul-2021 14:38)on July 25, 2021 at 5:20 pm
THE BEATLES Something New (1970s German 11-track stereo LP on the light blue Odeon label, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve displays some minor wear mostly to the edges and is graded Very Good, whilst the vinyl shows only light signs of play 1C062-04600)
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