HBO begins production on McCain documentary

A documentary about Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain joins board of Biden's presidential transition team Meet the first woman to run for president Jill Biden shuts down Jake Tapper's question about husband's 'occasional gaffe' MORE is headed to the small screen.

HBO announced Monday that production has begun on a documentary focused on the Arizona Republican.

McCain, 81, agreed to participate in the film shortly after his July 2017 brain cancer diagnosis, according to the premium cable network.



The six-term lawmaker and former Republican presidential candidate provided “unprecedented access to his daily life in Washington, D.C. and Sedona, Ariz.,” an HBO statement said.

“This sweeping account combines the senator’s own voice, culled from original interviews, commentary and speeches, with archival newsreel and television footage and previously unseen home movies and photographs.”

The yet-to-be-titled film’s director and producer, Peter Kunhardt, praised McCain in a statement, saying he’s “rightly earned the reputation as an American hero.”

“In the final chapter of his life, he is reminding this generation of what government can and should look like,” the Emmy-winning filmmaker behind “Jim: The James Foley Story” said.

In The Know hears the McCain documentary is poised to air later this year.