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Hollywood to do film on Barcelona

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Paul Greengrass, the British director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, is planning to make to make a documentary about soccer giants Barcelona.

Barcelona's four trophy-laden years to be imortalised on an upcoming movie
Barcelona's four trophy-laden years to be imortalised on an upcoming movie

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Entitled Barça, the film will examine the process and legacy of one of the world's most famous sports franchises, focusing primarily on the four years in which Pep Guardiola guided the Catalan giants to 13 trophies.

The idea behind the movie is to show the players and the Barcelona game, which is known for its crisp and graceful passing schemes.

Greengrass has been given an all-access pass to the club, and intends to capture action both on the pitch and off it, planning a Moneyball-style look at the business side of the club too.

His path smoothed by the involvement of noted Barcelona chronicler and journalist John Carlin, who will serve as a consultant and executive producer.

"It consists of a documentary about Barcelona in general; about the club, its history and what it stands for, with a focus on the fantastic Barça of recent years," Carlin said in statements to the Rac1 radio station.

While the editor is Chris King, who deservedly won a BAFTA for his astonishing work on last year's acclaimed sports documentary Senna.

The Beaver producer Anonymous Content is financing and representing domestic rights to the movie at the Cannes market, while FilmNation, a company behind Cannes '12 titles Mud and Lawless, will handle international sales.

"I'm excited to tell the extraordinary story of Barça and their magnificent achievements under Pep Guardiola on film," said Greengrass.

"They have given the world a rare glimpse of sporting perfection, and memories that will last for as long as the game is played."

Greengrass is currently filming Somalian pirate drama Captain Philips, with Tom Hanks, but intends to get rolling on Barça once he wraps up on that.

The movie is expected to be finished ahead of the 2014 World Cup, when public attention will begin focusing on international event in Rio de Janeiro.

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