Paul Greengrass, the director behind the Bourne franchise and Bloody Sunday is focusing his attention on Camp Nou and plans to spend a nice chunk of time developing the documentary titled "Barca" which will eventually be released in the run up to the World Cup 2014. Maybe this is why Pep headed for the hills.
Titled "Barca," the movie will examine the process and legacy of one of the world's most famous sports franchises, looking at a team as it prepares for the 2012-2013 campaign, in which it will seek to reclaim its title in Spain's La Liga, with a particular emphasis on its successful run over the last several years. Greengrass aims to begin shooting the movie later this year, after he wraps his newest feature.
Greengrass has been given unusual access to the team, his path smoothed by the involvement of noted Barcelona chronicler and journalist John Carlin, who will serve as executive producer.
The film has a shiny pedigree -- it will be edited by Chris King, who also edited the acclaimed sports documentary "Senna" last year, assembling a documentary narrative from only archival material. "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.
”Football is the most popular and fan-driven sport around the world. With Paul’s tremendous talent, this is sure to become the singular film on football,” FilmNation’s Glen Basner said.
Greengrass said, “I’m excited to tell the extraordinary story of Barca and their magnificent achievements under Pep Guardiola on film. They have given the world a rare glimpse of sporting perfection, and memories that will last for as long as the game is played.”