HBO Acquires Rights to Elton John Documentary 'The Union'

10:15 AM PST 06/06/2011 by Lesley Goldberg
Tribeca Film Festival

The project from director Cameron Crowe will air in January.

HBO Documentary Films has picked up domestic TV rights to Cameron Crowe’s The Union, a documentary revolving around Elton John.

Debuting in January, Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) will direct the doc, which explores John’s early career and collaborative album with his early career idol Leon Russell.

Filming on the project began in November 2009 and will chronicle the writing and recording process with John and Russell.

“I’m a great fan of HBO and their extraordinary programming, so I’m particularly thrilled that they will be airing The Union,” John said in a statement announcing the news Monday.

The Union is produced by T Bone Burnett, Crowe and Michelle Panek; Johnny Barbis serves as executive producer; Kevin Long is on board as editor.

Crowe, repped by CAA, won an Oscar in 2001 for penning Almost Famous; he was nominated for best picture and for his screenplay in 1997 for Jerry Maguire.

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