After Tackling Dylan and the Stones, Martin Scorsese Aims His Cameras at the 'Rock Star President' for New HBO Documentary LA Times
Legendary film director Martin Scorsese has increasingly turned his attention to documentaries in recent years, and his subjects have often been rock stars: Bob Dylan in the 2005 “American Masters” project “No Direction Home”; the Rolling Stones in the 2008 film “Shine a Light”; and George Harrison in the 2011 HBO piece “Living in the Material World.”
Next up for Scorsese will be an HBO project focusing on a former U.S. president who has been described as the first “rock star president” -- Bill Clinton. The Los Angeles Times reports that Scorsese will produce and direct a Clinton doc for the pay-cable channel.
Clinton is cooperating with the project, which will focus on his time in office and the years since he left the White House, the piece reports.
In a joint statement, HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler and programming President Michael Lombardo said: “President Clinton is one of the most compelling figures of our time, whose world view and perspective, combined with his uncommon intelligence, make him a singular voice on the world stage. This documentary, under Marty’s gifted direction, creates a unique opportunity for the President to reflect on myriad issues that have consumed his attention and passion throughout both his Presidency and post-Presidency.”
The project expands on Scorsese’s already strong relationship with HBO, including executive producing the series “Boardwalk Empire.”
HBO unveiled “41,” a documentary about George H.W. Bush, earlier this year.
No air date has been announced for the new project, on which Steve Bing will serve as a producer.