Martin Scorsese will produce and direct a documentary about former president Bill Clinton for HBO, the pay cable network announced Monday afternoon.
The docu is being made with the full cooperation of Clinton, the Time Warner-owned network said, adding that Steve Bing also is producing.
Besides being a multimillionaire film producer, Bing is a major financial contributor to the William J. Clinton Foundation, and also donated to former senator-turned-presidential candidate-turned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Bing also was a financier/producer on Scorsese’s 2008 docu, “Shine a Light,” about The Rolling Stones’ 2006 performance at the Beacon Theatre as part of the group’s A Bigger Bang Tour.)
The docu will explore the perspectives of the country’s 42nd POTUS on history, politics, culture and the world, the network said.
“President Clinton is one of the most compelling figures of our time,” HBO CEO Richard Plepler and programming President Michael Lombardo said Monday in a joint statement.
Scorsese called Clinton “a towering figure who remains a major voice in world issues” and “continues to shape the political dialogue both here and around the world.”
The Clinton pic continues an HBO tradition. Back in June, HBO telecast “41,” a look at the life of George Herbert Walker, POTUS from 1989-93, produced by Jerry Weintraub, the former United Artists CEO and a Bush family friend. Jeffrey Roth directed that one, which was made with Bush’s full cooperation.
Before that, there was HBO’s “Reagan” in February of ’11.
The Clinton docu will mark Scorsese’s fourth collaboration with HBO, including the “Public Speaking” (2010) and “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” (2011), and the mobster series “Boardwalk Empire,” for which he serves as an executive producer, as well as winning an Emmy for directing last year.
To find the last time a documentary about Clinton aired on TV, you have to look way back to — February, when PBS broadcast a four-hour Clinton docu under its “American Experience” brand.