Jackson managed to separate the singers’ instruments and voices in his Beatles documentary series with artificial intelligence (AI). The same technique has also been used to Now And Then to finish. John Lennon wrote the song in 1978, two years before he was murdered. The late George Harrison can also be heard on the song.
The Lord of the Ringsdirector still has a lot of material from his documentary Get Back about making Let It Be, the British band’s latest album. “We can put on a show Get Back suits, separate John and George and then have Paul and Ringo add a chorus or harmonies. Maybe you’ll get a decent number, but I haven’t had any conversations with Paul about that yet,” says Jackson. “I’m talking like a fan now, but it’s definitely possible.”
Jackson wanted to participate Now And Then when Paul McCartney told him that Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono had given him the demos of the song. “It’s not a classic like I Am The Walrus of Penny Lane, it’s less complex than that. It is simple, but has a spooky edge,” he says of the result.
“With the current state of the world, we need the Beatles to appear again. Like a flying saucer has landed, they have stepped out and provided us with their latest song to cheer us up.”