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Martin Scorsese to direct George Harrison documentary

Acclaimed film-maker Martin Scorsese is now all set to direct an authorised documentary about former Beatle George Harrison.

art-and-culture Updated: Sep 28, 2007 12:24 IST


Filmmaker Martin Scorsese plans to direct an authorised documentary about George Harrison, the former Beatle who died of lung cancer in 2001, Daily Variety reported on Thursday.

The director will also be producing the film along with Harrison's widow Olivia and Nigel Sinclair in a co-production between Scorsese's Sikelia Productions., Harrison's Grove Street Productions, and Sinclair's Spitfire Pictures.

Sikelia's Margaret Bodde will be executive producer on the film.

The documentary is being shot for a theatrical release, with Harrison’s family supplying materials from their extensive archive.

The Harrison movie will cover his time in the Fab Four, when he composed such memorable tunes as 'Something' and 'Here Comes the Sun', his inconsistent solo career, his foray into movie production with such projects as Monty Python's Life of Brian, and his enthusiastic embrace of Eastern mysticism, Daily Variety said.

Scorsese will also focus closely on the Eastern spiritual pursuits that were central to Harrison's life.

"George Harrison's music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates today and I'm looking forward to delving deeper," Variety quoted Scorsese, as saying.

The documentary will be edited by David Tedeschi, who also edited the Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones film Shine A Light.

Interviews and early production will begin later this year, and the film will take several years to complete.

It is expected that Harrison's surviving Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will participate, as well as the Beatles' Apple Records, which counts Olivia Harrison as a partner.

"It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story," she said.

Scorsese, who won an Oscar this year for directing the crime saga The Departed, is preparing for the April 2008 release of a concert documentary about the Rolling Stones, called Shine A Light. He turned his attention to Bob Dylan in the 2005 documentary No Direction Home, and depicted the Band's farewell concert in 1976's The Last Waltz.

"George Harrison's music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates today and I'm looking forward to delving deeper," Scorsese was quoted as saying.

First Published: Sep 27, 2007 17:25 IST

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