When Ron Howard was 9 years old, he was already a national television star on The Andy Griffith Show – and there was only one thing he wanted for his next birthday. “The gift that I was begging for was a Beatle wig,” he tells Rolling Stone with a laugh. “And on March 1st, 1964, that’s what I got: the Beatle wig of my dreams.”
Now the Academy Award-winning director is coming full circle with his Fab Four obsession, having signed on to direct and produce an authorized, as-yet-untitled documentary about the touring years of the band’s career (approx. 1960-1966), a period in which the Beatles crossed the globe, sparked Beatlemania and released several classic albums (including A Hard Day’s Night and Rubber Soul). For it, he will interview surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as talk with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison (wife of the late George Harrison).
Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s newly minted White Horse Pictures is launching with Ford Mustang documentary “A Faster Horse.”
Shooting has started with David Gelb (“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”) directing. The project coincides with the Ford Mustang’s 50-year anniversary this year. White Horse Pictures will produce with the cooperation of The Ford Motor Co.
Sinclair and Glen Zipper, former head of documentaries at Spitfire Pictures, are producing the documentary and Nicholas Ferrall is the exec in charge of production. East and Ferrall are exec producers.
White Horse Pictures is teaming up with the Southern California start-up Tongal to crowd-source a new movie.
Tongal is best known for linking its community of film directors and writers with brands such as McDonald’s and Pringles to make commercials.
Through its partnership with White Horse — whose principals were the producers behind the football film “Undefeated” and the Martin Scorsese-directed Bob Dylan documentary “No Direction Home” — Tongal is entering the full-length film space.