It was announced yesterday that HBO has acquired the domestic TV rights to Cameron Crowe’s documentary The Union, which chronicles the collaboration between Elton John and Leon Russell.
Crowe, who was present at the recording sessions, compiled studio footage and interviews into the six-minute mini documentary Making of the Union, which was available on the deluxe edition of the CD (check it out below). The filmmaker planned to make the footage into a feature-length version, and debuted the full documentary on April 20 at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
Started in November 2009, The Union “takes an unprecedented look at the creative life of Elton John and his remarkable collaborative album with his early-career idol, Leon Russell, produced by award-winning music producer T Bone Burnett,” according to the press release. The film “chronicles the entire writing and recording process of the heralded album John recorded with Russell.”
“I’m a great fan of HBO and their extraordinary programming, so I’m particularly thrilled that they will be airing The Union,” said John.
The Union will premiere on HBO in January 2012.