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 - With The Beatles - 1st - VG - G&L Sleeve - UK - vinyl LP - £195.00, $271.05, €224.25 (New Item) (arrived 07-May-2021 16:44)on May 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm
THE BEATLES With The Beatles (1963 UK first issue 14-track mono LP with 'The Parlophone Co' perimeter text & 'Recording first Published' but without 'Sold In The UK' on the label. The disc also lists the 'Jobete' credit for Money & the matrices are 447-1N & 448-1N. The G&L front laminated flipback picture sleeve has the 'Patents Pending' text on the bottom flipback & the 'Gotta' misprint on the back, confirming a first pressing PMC1206) See 'more info' for further details on condition ...
- The Beatles - The Beatles In Stereo [16xLP] - Sealed - US - vinyl box set - £695.00, $966.05, €799.25 (New Item) (arrived 06-May-2021 14:14)on May 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm
THE BEATLES The Beatles In Stereo (Fabulous limited edition 16-LP box set of their original studio records, featuring the 13 studio albums, including Magical Mystery Tour and the double LP of Past Masters. All Remastered in Stereo and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Each record is presented in the original UK format and replicates the album artwork, with inserts and inner sleeves. Housed inside a gloss-finish black box and accompanied by a 252-page large format hard-back book, exclusive to this set. This deluxe edition remains FACTORY SEALED from new, unopened & unplayed!)
- The Beatles - Revolver - DMM - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $41.70, €34.50 (New Item) (arrived 04-May-2021 16:49)on May 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm
THE BEATLES Revolver (1988 UK Direct Metal Mastered stereo issue of the classic 1966 14-track vinyl LP, barcoded picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal shelfwear & the vinyl remains near 'as new' with few signs of play PCS7009)
- The Beatles - Help! - All Rights - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.80, €23.00 (New Item) (arrived 05-May-2021 09:35)on May 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm
THE BEATLES Help! (1981 UK stereo issue of the 1965 14-track LP on the two EMI boxed logo label with 'All Rights' perimeter text, glossy non barcoded picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl looks barely played PCS3071)
- The Beatles - Abbey Road - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £125.00, $173.75, €143.75 (New Item) (arrived 05-May-2021 10:53)on May 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm
THE BEATLES Abbey Road (1969 UK first issue of the classic 16-track LP, which does not have 'Her Majesty' credit on either the sleeve or label, fully laminated picture sleeve with black die-cut Apple inner. The sleeve is Excellent and shows very light wear only & the vinyl grades EX with just a few faint hairlines & little real sign of play - a superb copy! PCS7088)
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