Scorsese to Direct George Harrison Documentary

Quiet Beatle meets big screen.

by | September 27, 2007 | Comments

Martin Scorsese has chosen George Harrison as the subject of his next musical documentary.

Variety reports that the life of the erstwhile Beatle, who succumbed to lung cancer in 2001, will be the focus of an as-yet untitled Scorsese film. From the article:

The docu is being constructed as a theatrical release, and the Harrison family will supply materials from its extensive archive. Interviews and early production will begin later this year, and the film will take several years to complete.

Pic will cover Harrison’s Beatles career and later years that included a successful solo music career as well as a foray as a movie mogul when he backed Handmade Films and made pics such as “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” and “Time Bandits.” Scorsese, who explored themes of faith in “Kundun” and “The Last Temptation of Christ,” will also focus closely on the Eastern spiritual pursuits that were central to Harrison’s life.

The film, which has no target release date, is being made with the cooperation of Harrison’s widow, Olivia, and the participation of surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr is expected. Scorsese’s latest musical documentary, the Rolling Stones film Shine a Light, is scheduled to reach theaters next April.

Source: Variety

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