Martin Scorsese is set to direct a documentary feature film about the life and work of late musician George Harrison.

Scorsese will also produce through Sikelia Productions with Olivia Harrison through Grove Street Productions and Nigel Sinclair through Spitfire Pictures.

Olivia Harrison, the widow of the ex-Beatle, said that work had already begun on the project. The family will make its extensive archive available to Scorsese.

Interviews and early production of the film will start in late 2007 and the documentary is expected to take several years of work.

David Tedeschi, who worked with Scorsese on his recent Rolling Stones project Shine A Light as well as the classic No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, will edit.

Margaret Bodde will executive produce for Sikelia Productions.

'George Harrison's music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates today and I'm looking forward to delving deeper,' Scorsese said.

Olivia Harrison added: 'It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story.'

Sinclair, who also worked with Scorsese on No Direction Home, said: 'It's an honor to have the opportunity to work with Marty again as well as of course with Olivia Harrison on a story of such great power.'