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 Please Please Me (Rare UK 1963 fifth pressing 14-track mono vinyl LP with 'The Parlophone Co' perimeter text and 'Recording First Published' credit, but without 'Sold In The UK' text, front laminated E.J. Day flipback picture sleeve.This extraordinary copy actually has FOUR Tax Code letters around the centre hole! PMC1202) See 'More Info' for further details on the condition of this stunning rarity ...
- The Beatles - Revolver - 2nd - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £75.00, $90.75, €87.00 (New Item) (arrived 25-Nov-2022 12:22)on November 26, 2022 at 9:27 am
THE BEATLES Revolver (Rare 1966 UK second issue 14-track mono vinyl LP , G&L front laminated flipback picture sleeve. A noted discrepancy is that the label is printed 'DOCTOR ROBERT', whereas the sleeve lists 'DR. ROBERT', as opposed to laterpressings which credit 'DOCTOR' on both PMC7009) See 'more info' for further details ...
- The Beatles - Hello, Goodbye - 1st - 4pr - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £30.00, $36.30, €34.80 (New Item) (arrived 23-Nov-2022 13:32)on November 26, 2022 at 9:27 am
THE BEATLES Hello, Goodbye (1967 UK first press 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, 'The Gramophone Co' & 'Sold in the UK' label text, also including I Am The Walrus, Parlophone company die cut paper sleeve. The vinyl remains in EX-/EX condition with a just few light surface scuffs to show for over fifty years R5655)
- The Beatles - From Me To You - 2nd - UK - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $30.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 23-Nov-2022 13:42)on November 26, 2022 at 9:27 am
THE BEATLES From Me To You (1963 UK 'second' press first issue 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre , 'THE PARLOPHONE CO' and 'Recording First Published' label text, also including Thank You Girl. Issued in the Parlophone company die-cut paper sleeve, the vinyl remains in excellent condition with just a few light surface scuffs to show for over fifty five years R5015)
- The Beatles - Ticket To Ride - 1st [b] - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $30.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 23-Nov-2022 13:46)on November 26, 2022 at 9:27 am
THE BEATLES Ticket To Ride (1965 UK first press 7" vinyl single with its intact four prong centre, 'The Parlophone Co' & 'Sold in the UK' label text, also including Yes It Is. Issued in the Parlophone company die-cut paper sleeve, this vinyl hasonly a few light surface scuffs & remains in Excellent condition R5265)
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