HBO to Air Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison Doc

Film about deceased Beatle will premiere in two parts in October

Last Updated: July 13, 2011 @ 4:07 PM

HBO has picked up the North American TV rights to Martin Scorsese's George Harrison documentary "George Harrison: Living in the Material World," HBO announced on Wednesday.

The film — which, like Scorsese's Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan documentaries "Shine a Light" and "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan," was edited by David Tedeschi — will debut in two parts on October 5 and 6 of this year.

Interviews with Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart will help to tell Harrison's story, along with home movies, performance footage and photographs.

"I will never forget the first time I heard [Harrison's 1970 triple-album solo debut]  ‘All Things Must Pass,’ the overwhelming feeling of taking in that all glorious music for the first time," Scorsese said. "It was like walking into a cathedral.  George was making spiritually awake music – we all heard and felt it – and I think that was the reason that he came to occupy a very special place in our lives.  So when I was offered the chance to make this picture, I jumped at it."

“When Martin Scorsese brings a project to HBO, we all know it is going to be very special, and he has added to that body of work with this monumental film on George Harrison,” Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming, said of the movie.

Harrison passed away in 2001, at the age of 58.