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Scorsese 'to make Harrison film'
Martin Scorsese
Scorsese won an Oscar last year for The Departed
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese has signed up to make a film about the life of former Beatle George Harrison, according to trade magazine Variety.

Harrison's widow Olivia will help produce the documentary, and Variety said his ex-bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr may also take part.

Scorsese told Variety Harrison's "music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates today".

"I'm looking forward to delving deeper," the Taxi Driver director said.

Scorsese has also recently made documentaries about Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.

George and Olivia Harrison
It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story
Olivia Harrison
Olivia Harrison said: "It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story."

As well as Harrison's time in The Beatles, the film will look at his solo career and movie projects, such as Monty Python's Life of Brian and Time Bandits.

Scorsese also plans to explore Harrison's faith in the Eastern spiritual pursuits that dominated parts of his life, the report said.

Interviews and early production for the film, which will be released in cinemas, are expected to begin later this year.

Scorsese will direct and co-produce the documentary, with Nigel Sinclair of Spitfire Pictures - who helped Scorsese make his Dylan documentary - and Olivia Harrison also acting as producers.

Harrison passed away in 2001 at the age of 58 after suffering from lung cancer.

The guitarist survived an attack in 1999 when he was stabbed by an intruder in his home.

Despite being nominated for several Oscars over the years for such films as Goodfellas and Gangs of New York, Scorsese only won his first Academy Award this year for The Departed.

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