A documentary about George Harrison, directed by Martin Scorsese, is in its final stages. The project began three years ago after the late Beatle's widow Olivia Harrison approached the Oscar winning movie maker.

After Harrison's death in 2001, Olivia was approached by a number of production companies, including the BBC, to make a documentary film about her husband. She chose Scorsese and producer Nigel Sinclair on the basis of the Bob Dylan documentary 'No Direction Home', that they made together in 2005.

The film, entitled 'Living in the Material World: George Harrison', will chart Harrison's life before, during and after his time with the fab four. Scorsese has spoken of his affinity for the guitarist and his search for spirituality.

"His music is very important to me, so I was interested in the journey that he took as an artist. The film is an exploration."

"The more you're in the material world, the more there is a tendency for a search for serenity and a need to not be distracted by physical elements that are around you."

The 'Taxi Driver', 'Mean Streets' and 'Goodfellas' director met George Harrison on a number of occasions, once in the late 70s while filming 'The Last Waltz' with Jack Nicholson, and again in the early 90s.

'Living in the Material World: George Harrison' is set for release later in 2010.