The film follows the life of The Beatles' lead guitarist from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker.
It weaves together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies and photographs. Much of the material in the film has never been seen or heard before in public.
In a statement, George Lombardo, President, HBO Programming, said "When Martin Scorsese brings a project to HBO, we all know it is going to be very special, and he has added to that body of work with this monumental film on George Harrison. From rock'n'roll icon to moviemaker, to spiritual seeker and humanitarian, George Harrison was a true renaissance man. This amazing film will illuminate every aspect of Harrison's remarkable, multifaceted life."
The film was produced by Scorsese, Harrison's widow Olivia and Nigel Sinclair. Margaret Bodde served as executive producer on the film, which was edited by David Tedeschi, who previously worked with Scorsese on 'No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.' He also edited Scorsese's Rolling Stones concert film 'Shine a Light.'
'Living in the Material World' takes viewers on the musical and spiritual voyage that was George Harrison's life, much of it told in his own words. It includes interviews with Harrison's friends and collaborators, such as Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Sir George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart. They speak honestly and frankly about George's many talents and contradictions.
'George Harrison: Living in the Material World' will debut in two parts, airing Oct. 5 and 6 on HBO.