Martin Scorsese will direct an untitled documentary about the life of George Harrison, reports Variety.
Scorsese will produce with Harrison’s widow Olivia and Nigel Sinclair in a co-production between Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions, Harrison’s Grove Street Productions, and Sinclair’s Spitfire Pictures.
The documentary is being developed as a theatrical release, and the Harrison family will supply materials from its extensive archive. Interviews and early production will begin later this year, and the film will take several years to complete.
The film will cover 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. It 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,” Scorsese said.
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.