April 26, 2012 10:25am PT by Lesley Goldberg
HBO Sets George H.W. Bush Documentary From Jerry Weintraub
HBO will put the life of the nation's 41st president under the microscope in June with a Jerry Weintraub-produced documentary on the life of George Herbert Walker Bush.
The effort, titled 41, will feature what the premium cable network notes is unprecedented access to Bush and explore the highs and lows of his life and political career.
Bush will share anecdotes from his childhood, family and World War II service and offer a peek into both the Reagan administration as well as his term as the commander in chief from 1989-93.
Filmed over 17 months from September 2009 to February 2011, the documentary will be written and directed by Jeffrey Roth and exec produced by Weintraub, a longtime friend of the Bushes.
"I am so proud to be a friend of George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush,” Weintraub said in announcing the news Thursday. "And so proud that our friendship includes this wonderful film about two wonderful people."
HBO will premiere the nearly two-hour documentary at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 14, two days after Bush's 88th birthday, with multiple repeats scheduled for throughout the month.
The Weintraub Bush project comes six months after HBO picked up another documentary from the Hollywood veteran. HBO added Behind the Candelabra, a biopic on the life of Liberace starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas.
HBO last year was home to His Way, a documentary about Weintraub.
Roth will produce 41, with Weintraub and Stephen Beck on board as EPs; Beck and Roth penned the effort, which was edited by Janice Hampton.