Scorsese making authorized George Harrison documentary film.

Martin Scorsese It looks like Beatle fans will be treated to a new film about that Quiet Beatle in the near future.  Films like this by Martin Scorsese aren’t just biographies, I truly believe that they are events. Scorsese has shown audiences, that aside from being a brilliant film maker, he is also a huge fan of music.  Let’s not forget some of those little rockumentary gems that he has directed.  Scorsese helmed, quite possibly, the best live rock film in the history of rock, The Band’s Last Waltz.   He put together the PBS miniseries, The Blues.  He also helmed the nothing-short-of brilliant Bob Dylan biograpghy No Direction Home.  If you haven’t seen these films, go to your local library and get them today.  They are wonderful labors of love, and it clearly shows what artistry and care he has taken with these rock films. 

In addition, Scorsese’s music films are usually coupled with great accompanying CD soundtrack releases with lots of bonus goodies many of which have never been released or heard before.  Could we get a treasure trove of a CD-release as a soundtrack to this film?  We’ll keep you posted. 

The announcement of this film is especially exciting to me with the announcement that Paul and Ringo may participate in it as well.  It would be nice to hear some stories about George that we may have not yet seen before. 

Here’s what we’ve read. 

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese has signed up to make a film about the life of former Beatle George Harrison, according to trade magazine Variety.
Harrison’s widow Olivia will help produce the documentary, and Variety said his ex-bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr may also take part.

Scorsese told Variety Harrison’s “music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates today”.

“I’m looking forward to delving deeper,” the Taxi Driver director said.

Scorsese has also recently made documentaries about Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.

Olivia Harrison said: “It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story.”

As well as Harrison’s time in The Beatles, the film will look at his solo career and movie projects, such as Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Time Bandits.

Scorsese also plans to explore Harrison’s faith in the Eastern spiritual pursuits that dominated parts of his life, the report said.

Interviews and early production for the film, which will be released in cinemas, are expected to begin later this year.

Harrison passed away in 2001 at the age of 58 after suffering from lung cancer.

The guitarist survived an attack in 1999 when he was stabbed by an intruder in his home.

Despite being nominated for several Oscars over the years for such films as Goodfellas and Gangs of New York, Scorsese only won his first Academy Award this year for The Departed.

Source: BBC


2 Responses

  1. i hope it’s like the imagine: john lennon movie

  2. […] creepy.  Just based on looks alone, it makes me want to see this film.  With the prospect of a George Harrison biopic, and this film, next year looks to be filled with movie […]

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