In a late Father’s Day present to all the Beatles-loving dads out there, Hulu released the teaser trailer for Ron Howard’s documentary about the Fab Four, the Mop Tops, the British Monkees. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years chronicles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr’s early years as a band, before they stopped hitting the road in 1966. The typical set list on their final tour was only 11 songs over 30 minutes — that’s about all the high-pitched screaming from the audience the boys could take. Eight Days a Week, too, will test your patience for shrieking.
There are hundreds of Beatles books and documentaries out there, but this one looks better than most. For one thing, it was directed by Clint Howard’s brother, Ron, who will hopefully do for the Beatles what he did for Katy Perry in Katy Perry: Part of Me, which he executive produced. So, expect whipped cream to come out of Ringo’s glittery bra. Also, Eight Days a Week has the blessing of McCartney and Starr, as well as Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, so there’s likely to be previously-unseen footage in the film. Eventually, though, we’re going to hit a point where there are no Beatles videos left to watch, no stories to tell. What will the Ron Howards of the world do then?
Make season five of Arrested Development, I guess.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years premieres in select theaters on Sept. 16, and on Hulu a day later.