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Sen. John McCain to be focus of HBO documentary

John McCain, R-Ariz shown Friday, Jan. 11, 1985 in his Capitol Hill office holds a photo of a monument that the Vietnamese have erected in Hanoi in regard to his capture there during the Vietnam War. McCain will return to Vietnam to take part in a special telecast for the 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. (AP Photo/John Duricka)

PHOENIX — HBO has begun production on a documentary about U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), according to a Medium post.

It will feature interviews with family, friends, colleagues and political figures.

The documentary will also include interviews and speeches, along with commentary from McCain. Additionally, HBO has access to archival newsreel and television footage previously unseen in home movies.

“What emerges is a portrait of an American maverick who has kept his eye on the most important American goals,” the HBO release said.

The documentary will be directed by Emmy winner Peter Kunhardt, who was the executive producer for “Jim: The James Foley Story” in 2016.

“Through the years, John has rightly earned the reputation as an American hero,” says Peter Kunhardt. “In the final chapter of his life, he is reminding this generation of what government can and should look like.”

On Sunday, McCain underwent surgery relating to diverticulitis, an intestinal infection. He has largely stayed out of the public spotlight since summer, when he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer.

“John McCain’s recent battle with brain cancer underscores the fighting spirit and resilience of this remarkable man, who continues to crusade for the causes he believes in, despite advancing health issues and daunting odds,” the HBO release said.

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