Martin Scorsese To Direct Bill Clinton Documentary For HBO
Martin Scorsese’s next film project will bring him deep into the life of former President Bill Clinton at the behest of HBO.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Taxi Driver and The Departed will be partnering with the premium channel to produce a documentary about the 42nd President of the United States, and the partnership will have the full cooperation and blessing of Bill Clinton himself, reports CNN.
According to a press release from HBO, the Bill Clinton documentary will “explore [Clinton's] perspectives on history, politics, culture and the world.” CLinton himself said that he’s excited about “sharing my perspective on my years as President, and my work in the years since, with HBO’s audience.”
A title and release date for the Bill Clinton documentary have not been released yet.
The AV Club opines that Clinton is in good hands (or at least not at risk) with regard to the HBO treatment of his life. Snarky though they may be, they point out that Scorsese himself has been a long-time supporter of both Clintons, and that his two HBO documentaries on Fran Lebowitz and George Harrison were “pretty good.”
“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 in a statement distributed by HBO. “Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure.”
Conservatives will inevitably cringe at the announcement of HBO’s upcoming Bill Clinton documentary, but what do they honestly expect from the channel behind The Newsroom, Game Change, and Recount? Just tune out! Honestly, even though Clinton still enjoys high popularity, the prospect of a documentary on his life sounds a little boring to me. But what do I know?
Are you looking forward to Martin Scorsese’s/HBO’s Bill Clinton documentary?