Scorsese To Direct Film On George Harrison’s Life
Martin Scorsese is slated to direct a new documentary about the life of George Harrison. The film is targeting a theatrical release, and the Harrison family will supply archived materials from its extensive vault. Interviews will begin filming later this year, and the film will cover Harrison’s musical rise starting with the Beatles and later with his provocative solo career, as well as his involvement with Handmade Films that made movies such as “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” and “Time Bandits.” Scorsese, who explored themes of faith in “Kundun” and “The Last Temptation of Christ,” will also focus closely on the Eastern spiritual pursuits that were central to Harrison’s life.
It is expected that Harrison’s surviving Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will participate in interviews, as well as the Beatles’ Apple Records, which counts Olivia Harrison, Harrison’s wife as a partner.
Olivia met her husband in 1974 and they were together until he died of lung cancer at age 58 in 2001. The two of them famously fought off and subdued an attacker who broke into the Harrison home and stabbed the guitarist several times in 1999. She was also the catalyst for the tribute show “The Concert for George,” and organized a reissue of “The Concert for Bangladesh,” which Harrison put together in 1971. “It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story,” she said.