Project will examine president's life from childhood to present
HBO is once again partnering with Martin Scorsese, this time for a documentary about Bill Clinton.
Scorsese will direct and produce the project about Clinton’s life from growing up in Arkansas to becoming the 42nd president, as well as his achievements since leaving the White House. Steve Bing will also produce.
“A towering figure who remains a major voice in world issues, President Clinton continues to shape the political dialogue both here and around the world,” Scorsese said. “Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure.”
The as-yet untitled project marks Scorsese’s fourth collaboration with HBO, following the docus “Public Speaking” in 2010, “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” last year and the series “Boardwalk Empire,” for which he serves as exec producer.
Clinton said: “I am pleased that Martin Scorsese and HBO have agreed to do this film. I look forward to sharing my perspective on my years as president, and my work in the years since, with HBO’s audience.”
The former president recently campaigned for President Barack Obama. His wife, Hillary Clinton, will soon be stepping down as secretary of state. The couple live in Chappaqua, N.Y.
“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,” said HBO CEO Richard Plepler and programming president Michael Lombardo in a combined statement. “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.”