Four Beatles Biopics At Once?! Meet the Beatles Cinematic Universe


Welcome to the Beatles Cinematic Universe. Continuing the current wave of music biopics — which just saw its most recent box-office triumph with Bob Marley: One Love —  director Sam Mendes (Skyfall) has signed on to helm not one, but four separate Beatles biopics, all due in 2027. The movies, set to begin production next year, will each focus a single Beatle’s perspective, so John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and even Ringo Starr each get a turn in the spotlight.


It might seem like overkill, but as we discuss on the latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, there’s enough material in the Beatles’ saga for 50 movies, from love stories (Paul and Linda, John and Yoko), to studio conflicts to side adventures with ridiculously fascinating characters like Magic Alex, the infamous conman who convinced the Fabs he was an electronics expert. In the episode, host Brian Hiatt and Rob Sheffield try to imagine what the BCU will be like, discuss the highlights of past Beatles-themed movies, look at highs and lows of other recent biopics, and much more. To hear the full discussion, go here for the podcast provider of your choice, listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or just press play above.

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