Cameron Crowe-directed pic will premiere in January

HBO has acquired domestic TV rights to Cameron Crowe-directed “The Union,” focusing on the creative life of Elton John, scheduling it for a January premiere.

“I’m a great fan of HBO and their extraordinary programming, so I’m particularly thrilled that they will be airing ‘The Union,’ ” John said.

“The Union” takes a look at John and his collaboration with Leon Russell on an album produced by T Bone Burnett. The doc, which began production in November 2009, follows John through the entire writing and recording process.

The film premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Fest. Johnny Barbis exec produced.

Crowe has another music documentary heading to the smallscreen this fall in “Pearl Jam Twenty,” which PBS will air Oct. 21 as part of its new Arts Fall Festival initiative. The doc, which has a September theatrical release, looks at the history and music of the 20-year old band.

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