HBO will be adding a Bill Clinton feature to its library of documentaries, and acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese is set to direct and produce the project. The premium cable network announced on Monday that both Scorsese and Clinton himself will be attached to the project, the Washington Post said.
There is neither a reported air date nor an official title for the cable doc.
The New York Times claims that the “Taxi Driver” director said that Clinton is “a towering figure who remains a major voice in world issues” and who “continues to shape the political dialogue both here and around the world;” adding, “Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure.”
The Times also said that Clinton expressed enthusiasm about being the subject of the HBO doc.
“I am pleased that legendary director Martin Scorsese and HBO have agreed to do this film,” Clinton said about the Oscar-winning actor taking on the film. “I look forward to sharing my perspective on my years as President, and my work in the years since, with HBO’s audience.”
HBO has worked with Scorsese in the past. The man best known for directing films like “The Departed” and “Goodfellas” is an executive producer on the network’s hit series “Boardwalk Empire,” and he has also directed other biographical documentaries for the channel, like “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” and “Public Speaking.”
Scorsese will be teaming up with producer Steve Bing once again on the upcoming Clinton project. The two had worked together on the 2008 Rolling Stones documentary “Shine A Light.”
Bing’s relationship with Clinton goes beyond producing the biodoc, as the multimillionaire film producer has made hefty contributions to the William J. Clinton Foundation, as well as donating money to aid Bill’s wife, former senator and potential presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton
HBO CEO Richard Plepler and programming President Michael Lombardo released a joint statement on Monday, claiming that “President Clinton is one of the most compelling figures of our time.” The feature will focus on the former President’s views on history, politics, culture and the world.
Bill Clinton served as president of the U.S. from 1993 to 2001.