By Steve Wiseman

Exciting news for Stones fans: HBO has announced it will be airing an extensive Rolling Stones documentary this fall, in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary. A title and specific air date were not announced.

The documentary is directed by Brett Morgan, who is best known for his doc about actor Robert Evans, The Kid Stays in the Picture. Morgan’s involvement was previously announced, though it was not known that the documentary would land on HBO until now, via a press release from the cable network. HBO scored a hit last year with another rock doc: Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living In The Material World.

“Nobody has put the story together as a narrative,” Morgan told Rolling Stoneearlier this year. “We’ve been looking under every rock, going through their archives. It will be music never heard before, and I’ve conducted 50-plus hours of interviews so far. By the time we’re done, they will be the most extensive group interviews they’ve ever done.”
The documentary is being made with the full involvement of current and former band members, including Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.

Check out a clip from the last big documentary on the Stones, Scorsese’s 2008 film Shine A Light, to get in the mood for the upcoming HBO doc.

As for more 50th anniversary plans from the Stones, the latest update in the ongoing saga is that Mick Jagger and co. have now suggested that the band will return for at least one live show in 2012.

Jillian Mapes, CBS Local; Louis Pulice, WCBS-FM


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