Scorsese’s George Harrison Doc Coming This Year

The latest Scorsese rock doc will premiere at some point in 2011.

No Direction Home, Martin Scorsese’s documentary about Bob Dylan, is truly great. Insightful, interesting and enthusiastic, No Direction Home is a great primer for Dylan newbies but also a delight for Dylan fanatics. With that in mind, I’ve been very much anticipating Scorsese’s next music doc, this one about George Harrison.

Harrison’s widow, Olivia, told the LA Times that the film, first announced in 2007, is finally coming this year. “I assume we’re going to announce it sometime soon, the actual [premiere] date, but it will be this year,” she told the paper. “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.”

The film is called George Harrison: Living in the Material World, and I’m hoping it focuses heavily on Harrison’s post-Beatles work, as well as his work at HandMade Films, where he produced classics like Time Bandits, Life of Brian, Mona Lisa and Withnail and I.