Biography of Argentinian legend set for release to coincide with 2014 World Cup.
Patrick Ewald, CEO, and Shaked Berenson, COO and co-founder of Epic Pictures Group, announced that their company has acquired all rights to the biography MESSI: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend (originally published as MESSI: The Boy who could not Grow) by renowned European sports journalist Luca Caioli. Epic will finance and produce the film which tells the story of Argentinian player Lionel Messi who is on course to become the greatest European football (soccer) player of all time. The producers are currently out to writers and directors, with a projected release date to coincide with the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“The goal is to make a powerful and positive film that will leave audiences feeling inspired to go after their dreams no matter how impossible they may seem,” said Ewald.
Messi was the 2009 and 2010 FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Player of the Year and has been anointed by football legend Maradona as successor to his No. 10 Argentina shirt. Ultimately, this is a ROCKY-style tale about a young boy from humble beginnings who overcomes his physical shortcomings to become one of the greatest players of all time.
“The amazing story of Lionel Messi will appeal to people both young and old. Audiences will be uplifted by this incredible tale of fighting for your dreams,” said Berenson.
Acclaimed author Luca Caioli has drawn on numerous exclusive interviews to tell Messi’s hard-fought story, including his parents and extended family; his coaches at Grandoli and Newell’s Old Boys; Rjikaard and Zambrotta from Barcelona; Jorge Valdano and many others from Argentina; as well as Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta and ex-Chelsea defender Asier del Horno.
“I am very excited to be working with Epic Pictures Group on this powerful story,” said Luca Caioli.
The book has been published in 32 countries in 31 languages and will have a reprinting later this year bringing Messi’s story up to the present day.
Epic Pictures garnered much acclaim of late with the premiere of director Mike Mendez’s BIG ASS SPIDER! The story of a gigantic mutant spider with alien DNA that attacks Los Angeles. Recent projects include VIKINGDOM, V/H/S, and MALL, a collaboration with the multi-platinum and Grammy award-winning band, Linkin Park.
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