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James Bond Director Set to Make Four Epic Beatles Biopics


The Fab Four are about to rock the silver screen – individually. British director Sam Mendes has teamed up with Sony Pictures Entertainment to develop four Beatles biopics, each offering a unique perspective on the iconic band through the eyes of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr. Mendes, whose previous credits include acclaimed films like 1999’s American Beauty, Jarhead, Spectre and others, is set to helm all four as-yet-untitled Beatles biopics.

This “groundbreaking creative endeavour” marks the first time Apple Corps and The Beatles – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison – have “granted full life-story and music rights for a scripted film series.” According to Sony Pictures Entertainment, each film will be told from a different band member’s perspective, collectively intersecting to tell the “astonishing story of the greatest band in history.”

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The Beatles recorded their first song ‘Love Me Do’ at Abbey Road Studios in 1963 | Image: Getty Images

While plot and casting details remain under wraps, all four films are expected to be completed and released sometime in 2027. Beyond directing, Sam Mendes will also produce alongside Neal Street Productions’ Pippa Harris and Julie Pastor. Sony Pictures Entertainment will finance and distribute the films globally, with Jeff Jones serving as executive producer for Apple Corps Ltd.

Though their iconic early hairstyles are long gone, the music of The Beatles continues to resonate across generations and geners. The four band members from Liverpool—John, Paul, George, and Ringo—weren’t afraid to experiment, writing songs that promoted peace, love, and challenged social norms. Showing his support for the upcoming Mendes Beatles biopic, Ringo Starr tweeted, “Have you heard the news? Oh boy. We all support the Sam Mendes movie project. Yes, indeed. Peace and love.”

In an official press release, Mendes said, “I’m honoured to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies.” While Neal Street Productions’ Pippa Harris added, “We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling, and epic cinematic experience: four films, told from four different perspectives which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time. To have The Beatles’ and Apple Corps’ blessing to do this is an immense privilege. From our first meeting with Tom Rothman and Elizabeth Gabler, it was clear that they shared both our passion and ambition for this project, and we can’t think of a more perfect home than Sony Pictures.”

Biopics about music icons are nothing new and have become a major cinematic trend, with recent releases like the Bob Marley biopic starring Kingsley Ben-Adir. Several other projects are also in the works, including a Bob Dylan biopic starring Timothée Chalamet, a Michael Jackson biopic featuring his 26-year-old nephew Jaafar Jackson and most recently Pharell Williams’ LEGO biopic. With four new biopics focusing on each Beatles member now in development at Sony, the internet is sure to buzz with speculation about who will be fit for the roles of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.