Martin Scorsese-directed George Harrison documentary to hit this year?

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 13th, 2011

It’s about damn time.

To say that director Martin Scorsese likes music is a massive understatement. One film that the helmer (who has been behind documentaries like NO DIRECTION HOME and THE LAST WALTZ) has been talking about for years now, a documentary on the life of famed Beatles guitarist George Harrison, is now set to join those masterful works.

According to an interview with the LA Times, Harrison’s widow, Olivia Harrison, revealed that the film is set to debut this year: “I assume we’re going to announce it sometime soon, the actual [premiere] date, but it will be this year…I just came from New York and Monday I’m going to see it again…we’re real excited about it.  Marty is such a great storyteller, and of course he always finds the story that you don’t expect.”

Harrison died in 2001 from cancer, and this film has been in talks since 2007, when it was first announced.  Personally, as a fan of Scorsese, this is definitely a film I can’t wait to check out. It will be titled GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, and appears to be one hell of a labor of love for the musically inclined auteur.  With HUGO CABRET also set to bow this year, 2011 could prove to be quite a year for the prolific filmmaker.

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