"The Beatles" will be honored with widescreen biographies, and not in one production, but with a film about each of the "amazing four" under the direction of Sam Mendes, BTA reported.

For the first time, The Beatles have given full rights to their lives and music for a film project. Sony Pictures has announced a deal that could dwarf all the musical biopics ever made on the stories and lives of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in four separate films.

The productions conceived by Mendes are expected to hit the big screen in a new way, with the possibility of being screened in parallel or shown sequentially in cinemas. Exact plans are expected to be announced later. Sony is aiming for the movies to come out in 2027.

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McCartney, Starr and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison have signed on for the project through Apple Corps. Ltd which represents the group. Sony Music Publishing controls the rights to most of the Beatles' songs.

"It's an honor to tell the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and I'm excited to challenge the way movies are made," Mendes said in a statement. Each of the biographies will be told through the eyes of the respective Beatles artist.

The most famous appearances of the "Beatles" in the cinema are in the early years of the group. Between 1964 and 1970, the group appeared in five films, including A Hard Day's Night (1964) and the animated film Yellow Submarine (1968). The musicians and the band have also been the subject of many documentaries, the most recent being Peter Jackson's 2021 The Beatles: Get Back.

In 2023, the group reunited with the help of artificial intelligence in the newly released song Now and Then. The recording was made using the technology used by Jackson in Get Back, and featured a music video by a New Zealand director.

Attempts to dramatize the history of the "Beatles" are sporadic and not so impactful. The 1979 biopic The Birth of the Beatles, when John Lennon was still alive, was filmed with first Beatles drummer Pete Best as an advisor. 1994's independent Backbeat chronicled Lennon's relationship with Stuart Sutcliffe before The Beatles became a big name. Nowhere Boy (2009) stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the teenage John Lennon. In the last decade, music biographies have become good business. Box office hits like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Rocketman" and "Elvis" have Hollywood executives scrambling for the next jukebox blockbuster.

Widescreen cinema events today must be culturally seismic. Sam's bold, large-scale idea is even beyond that, said Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures' Motion Picture Group. 

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