By Zachary Swickey
Beatles fans have something to get excited about! It appears legendary director Martin Scorsese is finally ready to reveal his much anticipated documentary on the group’s late guitarist, George Harrison.
A posting on the Harrison’s website states the special will air on HBO over the nights of October 5 and 6 later this year. The project is much more than just a film documentary. Dubbed George Harrison: Living in the Material World, it is a collaboration with the guitarist’s widow, Olivia, that also includes a coffee table book she organized, which is due in September. The set will reportedly trace the guitarist’s life through rare photographs, old home videos and plenty of unreleased live footage. Also included will be interviews with Harrison’s old chums: Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, director Terry Gilliam, producer Phil Spector, Yoko Ono and of course the two living Beatles, good ole’ Paul and Ringo.
“Spending time with Olivia, interviewing so many of George’s closest friends, reviewing all of that footage, some of it never seen before, and listening to all of the magnificent music – it was a joy, and an experience I’ll always treasure,” Scorsese said in a statement.
For more on the doc, as well as Scorsese’s long history of music-related films, read on.
The project is clearly in good hands, as Scorsese is passionate about his love for music. There is no greater evidence of this than the man’s filmography. The Last Waltz – about The Band’s final performance – is often touted as one of the greatest concert films ever made. Scorsese is vocal about his love for blues music, and also directed the documentary Feel Like Going Home for PBS on the father of Chicago Blues, Muddy Waters.
Boasting appearances from Jack White and Christina Aguilera, 2008’s Shine a Light showed that the Rolling Stones are as relevant as ever. Clocking in at well over three hours, Marty’s documentary on Bob Dylan, No Direction Home, was extremely thorough, and with fine detail showed the folk singer’s rise to becoming the icon that he is. For several years the director tried to get a Bob Marley documentary into production, but after numerous delays, he aborted the project.
So yeah … the guy knows what he’s doing and we can’t wait to see the final product.