A documentary following the life and career of Sir Elton John will be screened on HBO in January 2012.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO Documentary Films recently acquired domestic TV rights to the film which explores the musician’s early career as well as his collaboration with fellow singer-songwriter Leon Russel on their 2010 album The Union, which is also the film’s title.

The documentary was directed by Cameron Crowe and produced in collaboration with T-Bone Burnett and Michelle Panek and began filming in November 2009.

The film is described as “an extremely candid portrait of one of the world’s most treasured artists and performers, and his extraordinary journey of the heart – one that sent him to powerfully reclaim and reinvigorate the life and musical career of Russell, to whom John hadn’t spoken in over 38 years. The Union is a captivating and exhilarating real-life experience of musical creation and generosity.”

The Union had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City back in April.

Sir Elton won a Tony Award in 2000 for Best Original Musical Score on Aida. He has also been nominated for his work on The Lion King and Billy Elliot.