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Man on the Run
7 February 2023
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MPL and Polygram Entertainment (Universal Music’s television arm) have announced that a new documentary about Paul in the ’70s is in the pipeline:

MAN ON THE RUN begins with Paul McCartney navigating the aftermath of the break-up of The Beatles, facing down myriad challenges while creating new music that would ultimately become the defining soundtrack of a new decade.

The documentary chronicles the arc of Paul’s peerless solo career: From the one-man-band lo-fi recording prototype of his self-titled solo debut, to the pastoral bliss of RAM, to the formation of Wings and its classic albums including Band On The Run , Venus And Mars , At The Speed Of Sound, Wings Over America , London Town and more. The result is an intimate and personal behind the scenes account of how Paul progressed from The Beatles’ 1966 retirement from live concerts to the Wings tours that would set the standard for 1970s arena rock shows.

Overall, MAN ON THE RUN is the definitive document of Paul’s emergence from the dissolution of the world’s biggest band, and his triumphant creation of a second decade of musical milestones — a brilliant and prolific stretch that gave us Maybe I’m Amazed , Another Day , Uncle Albert /Admiral Halsey , Hi, Hi, Hi , My Love, Live And Let Die , Band On The Run , Jet , Junior’s Farm, Listen To What The Man Said, Silly Love Songs, Let ‘Em In, Mull Of Kintyre , With A Little Luck, Goodnight Tonight and so many more. It’s a unique and in-depth look into a crucial period in the singular life of one of history’s most important recording artists, songwriters and performers.

It will be directed by Morgan Neville, known for his work on Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain and Won’t You Be My Neighbor, who has said:

As a lifelong obsessive of all things McCartney, I’ve always felt that the 1970s were the great under-examined part of his story. I’m thrilled to have the chance to explore and reappraise this crucial moment in a great artist’s life and work.

Michele Anthony from UMG added:

At its heart, this is a story of Linda and Paul’s enduring love and an artist finding his own voice after being in the most historic music group ever. Our film traces one of the most incredibly creative periods of Paul’s life which spawned a vital and legendary body of work that continues to impact people and culture in every corner of the globe. We are honored to present this story with unprecedented access to a treasure trove of material from Paul and Linda’s personal archive.

A teaser has been shown over the weekend at an event for industry insiders, which somebody there filmed and has put up on YT:

Produced by MPL, Polygram Entertainment and Tremolo Productions, it is expected in 2024.

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