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Martin Scorsese to Direct George Harrison Documentary

September 27, 2007 10:23 AM ET

Bob Dylan and Rolling Stones documentarian Martin Scorsese will direct an authorized documentary about George Harrison, Daily Variety reports. "George Harrison's music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates today and I'm looking forward to delving deeper," Scorsese said of the project. Harrison's widow, Olivia, who will serve as a producer on the film, which will go into production this year. "It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story," she said. Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have also agreed to participate.

In other rock movie news: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are about to get the documentary treatment at the hands of filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich. Runnin' Down A Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will debut at the New York Film Festival in October, and will then be available as a four-disc set at Best Buys nationwide. In addition to the documentary film, the release comes with a DVD of the band's 30th Anniversary Concert in their hometown of Gainesville, Florida, as well as collection of rarities.

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