Paul McCartney and her life after the breakup the Beatles will be addressed in the new documentary Runaway manwhich will be directed by acclaimed director Morgan Neville.
The film will draw on “unprecedented access to a never-before-seen archive of Paul and Linda video and photos, plus new interviews”, to chronicle the time between the breakup of the Liverpool band and the rise of Wings. the 70s.
According to a press release, Runaway man will serve as “the definitive document of Paul’s rise from the breakup of the biggest band in the world and his triumphant creation of a second decade of musical milestones – a brilliant and prolific stroke”.
“Always obsessed with all things McCartney, I always thought the 1970s was the vastly underrated part of his story,” Neville, whose film 20 feet from stardom got the prize oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2014 and a Grammy Award for Best Music Film.
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“I am delighted to have the opportunity to explore and reevaluate this pivotal moment in the life and work of a great artist,” added the director.
“I was too young to buy Beatles records when they came out, but I could buy Wings records and I loved them. For me, the story of what happened to Paul McCartney in the wake of the Beatles when he had to rediscover himself is the story that has never been told,” said the director when announcing the project.
“When Universal called me about this, it took me about three seconds to say I had to do this. It’s the kind of thing I think I’ve been training for since I was 10.”
Neville will have access to never-before-seen home video and photos from the McCartney family archives. The archival material will be combined with new interviews, to retrace different moments of Paul’s solo stage, in particular with Wings.
The working title Runaway manrefers to the title of your record, Band on the runand also alludes to Paul’s early years on his own with help from his partner Linda McCartney forming Wings.
The documentary is financed by MPL & Polygram Entertainment and presented and produced by MPL, Polygram Entertainment and Neville’s Tremolo Productions. The film is produced by Michele Anthony, David Blackman, Neville, Caitrin Rogers and Scott Rodger and Ben Chappell of MPL.
“In essence, this is the story of Linda and Paul’s enduring love and an artist who finds his voice after being in the most legendary musical group in history,” said Anthony.
“Our film traces one of the most incredibly creative periods in Paul’s life, which continues to influence people and culture in every corner of the world. We are honored to present this story with unprecedented access to a treasure trove of material from the life Paul and Linda’s personal archive,” concluded the producer.
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