Martin Scorsese to direct Bill Clinton documentary

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese will produce and direct a documentary on former US President Bill Clinton, US network HBO has announced.

The man behind Hollywood blockbusters such as Goodfellas and The Departed, described Clinton as a "towering" and transcendent" figure.

Former US President Bill Clinton will be

Scorsese said: "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.

"Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure."

Clinton said he was pleased that the legendary director had agreed to direct the documentary.

He added: "I look forward to sharing my perspective on my years as president, and my work in the years since".