Unlike most presidents, George H.W. Bush has not published a memoir since leaving office. That's about to change, sort of: On June 14 -- just two days after Bush celebrates his 88th birthday -- the HBO documentary "41" will debut.
Written and directed by Jeffrey Roth and produced by Jerry Weintraub, "41" -- named as such because Bush was the 41st president -- will detail the former president's Zelig-like personal life. Bush served in World War II, was U.S. envoy to China, the director of the CIA and Vice President of the United States. Still, don't think "41" is strictly political.
"This is not a political documentary," Weintraub told HuffPost Entertainment. "This is a documentary about the man and his family and where he came from. He's 88 years old on June 12. It's a great time in his life to do something like this and it's in his words."
Weintraub -- a legendary Hollywood producer who has rubbed elbows with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to George Clooney and Brad Pitt -- and Bush became friends 45 years ago. Weintraub's wife knew the Bushes because she spent summers in Kennebunkport, Maine.
"We're lifetime friends. He's a great man and a great friend of mine," Weintraub said, before adding that the former president ranks with anyone he's ever met. "If not number one," Weintraub added.
"41" was filmed over a 17-month period between Sept. 2009 and Feb. 2011. Roth got total access to Bush and his family after expressing interest in making a film. The former president -- who recently endorsed Mitt Romney for president -- was impressed with his first documentary, "The Wonder of It All," about the Apollo moon walkers.
"That's how it all started," Weintraub recalled.
While the film might not be political in nature, President Bush is a political figure. Does being friends with a Republican icon like George H.W. Bush get frowned upon in Hollywood?
"I couldn't care less what they frown upon," Weintraub -- who produced Clooney's "Ocean's 11" franchise -- said with a laugh. "I was very friendly with Ronald Reagan too. I worked with Jack Kennedy. It's not about support. President Bush is my friend. We agreed on politics sometimes, we didn't agree on politics sometimes, but that was not the basis of our relationship. Our relationship was based on friendship."
"41" debuts on June 14 at 9:00 p.m. on HBO.
HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 29: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) meets with Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush at Bush's office on March 29, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Mitt Romney received an endorsement from Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush during the meeting. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - APRIL 30: Former President George H.W. Bush gives a smile to crowd after he was on the video screen during a baseball game between the Milwauakee Brewers and Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 30, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush attend the Points of Light Institute Tribute to Former President George H.W. Bush at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on March 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (L) presents the 2010 Medal of Freedom to former President George H.W. Bush on Feburary 15, 2011 at the White House in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom is the Nations highest civilian honor and is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. AFP PHOTO / Tim Sloan (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
COLLEGE STATION, TX - JANUARY 20: Former President George H. W. Bush speaks at an event honoring the 20th anniversary of the Persian Gulf War on January 20, 2011 in College Station Texas. The Gulf War was waged against Iraq from August 1990 to February 1991 during President Bush's administration. (Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31: Former President of the United States, George W. Bush, and his father Former President George H.W. Bush waves to the crowd before the Texas Rangers host the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Matt Slocum-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Former US President George H. W. Bush (R) stands on the field prior to the New Orleans Saints playing against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 26: Former President George H.W. Bush looks on prior to the Texas Longhorns against Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on November 26, 2009 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images)
Former US President George Bush attends a commemorative event in Berlin on October 31, 2009. The event under the motto 'The Fall of the Wall and Reunification - the Victory of Freedom' was organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. AFP PHOTO / DAVID GANNON (Photo credit should read DAVID GANNON/AFP/Getty Images)
Former US President George H.W. Bush applauds during a commemorative event in Berlin on October 31, 2009. The event under the motto 'The Fall of the Wall and Reunification - the Victory of Freedom' was organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. AFP PHOTO DDP/ MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK/AFP/Getty Images)