Lionel Messi biopic planned for 2014 World Cup

The company noted, in its release about the Messi film, that it recently won acclaim for "Big Ass Spider!" by director Mike Mendez, which premiered at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas in March.

updated: May 10, 2013 08:35 IST
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US filmmakers are to make a biopic about Argentinian football legend Lionel Messi, to be released around the time of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Beverly Hills-based Epic Pictures Group said it has acquired the rights to a biography of the Barcelona star, "Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend."

The film will be a dramatization based on the book by European sports journalist Luca Caioli, rather than a documentary. Epic will finance and produce it, and are looking for a writer and director.

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