After the success of 2008’s Rolling Stones documentary Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese set his sights on another musical giant: George Harrison. George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Scorsese’s doc on the former Beatle, has been acquired by HBO for a two-part airing on Oct. 5 and 6 of this year.
“From rock’n’roll icon to moviemaker, to spiritual seeker and humanitarian, George Harrison was a true renaissance man. This amazing film will illuminate every aspect of Harrison’s remarkable, multifaceted life,” said HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo.
Unlike Shine a Light’s in-concert angle, Living in the Material world will focus on Harrison’s musical and spiritual journey — from his youth in Liverpool to his post-Beatles life as a philanthropist and filmmaker — through the icon’s own words and through never-before-seen photos and home movies. Some of Harrison’s closest friends will appear in the film, including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr, and Jackie Stewart.
Harrison’s widow Olivia is among the film’s producers. She said of the project, “Martin Scorsese’s intuition towards George was evident the first time we met to discuss this project. He sensed what George was about: his music, his strong beliefs, his art, his place in the Beatles’ story and his extraordinary life afterwards. Marty’s wonderful film has found all of that and more.”