Kon-Tiki Directors Gain Rights to Original Beatles Songs for Upcoming Film

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Norwegian directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, best known for their Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki, recently secured the rights to original Beatles recordings for their upcoming film, according to Deadline.

The new project, titled Beatles, is based on the bestselling book of the same name, a book the duo says they “grew up with.” Ronning describes the project to Deadline as “the first movie about the first youth generation that didn’t automatically do the same jobs as their fathers and mothers. It’s the first rebellion, especially in Europe and Scandinavia.”

The film’s producer, Jørgen Storm Ronsenberg, acquired rights to the book in 2009; however, the duo was adamant they needed the music licensing as well to make the film happen.

It isn’t known how much the production is paying for the rights, however Rosenberg said the Beatles is fully financed at $7.5 million and a great deal of that number was allotted for song rights.

According to the report, the film is planning to begin shooting in June with a release date for Feb. 2014, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of novel.

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