Scorsese directing George Harrison
Following on from his Rolling Stones musical documentary, Martin Scorsese is set to direct a documentary about the life of the Beatles singer and solo artist, George Harrison.
Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison, is joining Martin Scorsese as a producer on the film and will supply materials from the extensive family archive.
As well as that both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are expected to participate, with the Beatles' Apple Records being involved in some way. Practically this would mean that there is no Harrison related material that the rights couldn't be obtained for.
Variety says that the documentary is expected to take years to finish and the production starts later this year.
The film will thankfully cover Harrison's time in the Beatles as well as his later solo career, including his brief time as a film producer helping Handmade Films get such projects off the ground as Monty Python's Life of Brian and Time Bandits. He even appears in a scene of The Life of Brian as a thank you from the team.
Of the project Martin Scorsese said:
“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...”
Sounds interesting, but in a way I'm surprised that George Harrison is the next Beatles member to be immortalised on screen. Perhaps it is due to the rights.
The Beatles film I'm waiting for is one of Paul McCartney which also looks at his relationship with John Lennon.