In his fourth collaboration with HBO, Oscar winner Martin Scorsese will produce and direct a documentary about former United States President Bill Clinton for the premium cable network. With full cooperation from Slick Willie himself, the biographical TV film will examine the 42nd President's perspectives on history, politics, culture, and the world at large, spanning both his time in office and in the years since. Steve Bing—a businessman, filmmaker, and Democratic supporter—will serve as a producer, which raises questions about how honest and truthful it may be.
"President Clinton is one of the most compelling figures of our time, whose worldview 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 joint 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 postpresidency."
HBO projects have netted Scorsese a pair of Emmy Awards in the past, for the prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire and the 2011 documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. He also helmed another documentary for HBO in 2010 entitled Public Speaking. "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," the legendary director added. "Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure."
The fawning comments from Scorsese and HBO and the fact that a major Democratic supporter is producing the project raise questions about how honest and truthful the final product may be. Hopefully HBO will tackle the underbelly of Clinton's presidency just as vigorously as they did with Ronald Reagan.