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 - Abbey Road - Shrink - Canadian - vinyl LP - £35.00, $42.70, €40.60 (New Item) (arrived 29-Jun-2022 16:12)on June 29, 2022 at 8:09 pm
THE BEATLES Abbey Road (1969 Canadian original 16-track LP with 'Her Majesty' credited on the apple label but not on the pasted picture sleeve. Both sleeve (still in opened shrink!) & vinyl show few signs of age & are graded EX+ SO-383)
- The Beatles - Anthology Vol 2 - Longbox - Sealed - UK - 2-CD album set - £75.00, $91.50, €87.00 (New Item) (arrived 27-Jun-2022 09:51)on June 29, 2022 at 8:09 pm
THE BEATLES Anthology Vol 2 (Long out of print 1996 US 45-track Double CD compilation, featuring alternate versions, demos and BBC recordings, housed in the original 5½" x 12½" card picture longbox. This example remains factory sealed from newin the original hype stickered shrink C28363802)
- The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever - 1st - 4pr - P/S - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £150.00, $183.00, €174.00 (Back In Stock) (arrived 24-Jun-2022 07:21)on June 29, 2022 at 8:09 pm
THE BEATLES Strawberry Fields Forever (Essential 1967 UK first issue 7" vinyl single with 'Sold In UK' print across the label with the intact four prong centre, also including the brilliant Penny Lane, complete with the rare, scalloped & thin paper picture sleeve. The delicate cover is still a nice off white with no writing or tears but just some inevitable light ring creasing and a small blemish in the top right hand corer, the vinyl is superb, easily achieving and Excellet grade with light play only play R5570)
- The Beatles - A Collection Of Beatles Oldies - 1st - UK - vinyl LP - £395.00, $481.90, €458.20 (Back In Stock) (arrived 24-Jun-2022 07:21)on June 29, 2022 at 8:09 pm
THE BEATLES A Collection Of Beatles Oldies (Rare 1966 UK 16-track MONO LP with 'The Gramophone Co' and 'Sold In The UK' text, front laminated flipback picture sleeve PMC7016) See 'More Info' for further details ...
- The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's - 2 Box - Gram - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $36.60, €34.80 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jun-2022 11:03)on June 29, 2022 at 8:09 pm
THE BEATLES Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1970 UK 13-track stereo LP with two EMI 'box' logo labels & 'The Gramophone Co' perimeter text, housed in a fully laminated Garrod & Lofthouse gatefold sleeve with intact sheet of cut-outs. The sleeve shows just a little light scuffing or ageing to the laminate & the vinyl is Excellent with minimal play - Essential PCS7027)
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