Martin Scorcese has stated he's hoping to release a film about George Harrison next year that will feature unseen footage and unreleased material.
The director (Gangs Of New York, The Departed) has been working on the project with the former Beatles' widow Olivia during the past three years. The film will be titled Living In The Material World: George Harrison and will document the musician's life before, during and after The Beatles. When commenting on the project, Scorcese said he related to Harrison's quest for "spirituality".
"That subject matter has never left me,
" he said. "The more you're in the material world, the more there is a tendency for a search for serenity and a need to not be distracted by physical elements that are around you.
Olivia initiated the idea of the film several years ago and was approached by several different companies like the BBC that wanted to document Harrison's life. She first resisted because Harrison wanted to do it himself with his own footage but then gave in after realizing it "was something that needed to be done".
"This is a deeply personal journey for me, it's been excruciating," she said. "I've been archiving for five years - 35 years, really. Throwing cassettes and letters in drawers, little things and pieces of paper that you find that say, 'Goats on my roof.' You think, What does that mean?"
Find out more information about the upcoming film here.