Washington, (ANI): Martin Scorsese has signed on to helm an as
yet untitled documentary on Beatles band member George Harrison.
The director will also be producing the pic along with Harrison's
widow Olivia and Nigel Sinclair in a co-production between
Scorsese's Sikelia Prods., Harrison's Grove Street Prods., 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 docu will follow 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 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 docu 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.