Magazine article Screen International

Epic to Tackle Messi Biopic

Magazine article Screen International

Epic to Tackle Messi Biopic

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Co-founders Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson have acquired all rights to the book MESSI: The Inside Story Of The Boy Who Became A Legend by European sports journalist Luca Caioli.

Epic will finance and produce the project about Lionel Messi, the current Argentina and Barcelona football striker widely regarded as the greatest player of his generation.

The producers are out to writers and directors and have earmarked a release date to coincide with the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil next summer.

Caioli interviewed a pantheon of family members, football experts and greats to recount the Rocky-style story about the boy from humble origins who overcomes physical shortcomings to dominate football. The book was originally published as MESSI: The Boy Who Could Not Grow.

Interviewees include Messi's parents and extended family, coaches at Grandoli and Newell's Old Boys and players like Frank Rjikaard, Gianluca Zambrotta and Pablo Zabaleta. …

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