The rumored NBC Beatles mini-series hasn’t even gotten off the ground yet, and it’s already facing a number of setbacks.
Per Billboard, the mini-series hasn’t secured music or likeness rights for the project, and on top of that, Sony Pictures Television is in the process of creating a competing project.
Considering that NBC would have to get approval of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison, to simply film a mini-series about the band, it looks like viewers will have to wait a long time for this project to even start production.
Add securing music rights on top of that (which ought to cost a pretty penny), you can’t help but wonder whether NBC would want to invest that kind of money into a project.
While any Beatles series would garner ratings, is it really a “Beatles series” without the music? That would be a hard-sell for any network!