The major documentary will be the first time the singer has spoken extensively about his amazing career...

Hollywood legend MARTIN SCORSESE is to do the first in-depth TV interview with Bob Dylan since 1985 for a major documentary.

Part-funded by BBC2’s ’Arena’ arts programme, ’The Bob Dylan Anthology Project’ will examine the cultural and political impact of his music, following his career through the early ‘60’s and his transformation from folk star to rock legend. It will include unseen footage of the singer, and will be the first time that he has spoken extensively on camera about his early career.

Scorcese told Variety: “For me, there is no other musical artist who weaves his influences so densely to create something so personal and unique.

“This project gives me a chance to explore one of the most exciting artists and icons of the past 50 years.”

The programme will highlight the crucial move from acoustic to electric, including footage of the gig where he “went electric”, which caused a schism among his fanbase and had a seismic impact on how he was received by the music industry and media.

The documentary is expected to be aired in 2005, according to Billboard.

Another Bob Dylan project is in the pipeline, with maverick director Todd Haynes making a biopic in which seven actors, including a woman and an 11-year-old boy, will portray the star.