Asif Kapadia, an Indo-British director, is all set to capture the life trajectory of popular icon, the Argentinian soccer player Diego Maradona. Kapadia won an Oscar last month for chronicling Amy Winehouse’s life journey, and scoring an Oscar for it,
The feature documentary, “Maradona,” will look closely into the sportsman’s wildly celebrated time at Italian club Napoli, with the help of hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage taken from his personal archive, according to a report in Hollywood Reporter. Speaking about the project, Kapadia said he had long been a fan of Maradona, and had wanted to make a film about the man even before he started the documentary, “Senna.”
“I was taken by his character, his genius, honesty, passion, humor and vulnerability,” the report quoted him as saying. “I was fascinated by his journey, wherever he went there were moments of incredible brilliance and drama, he was a leader, taking his teams to the very top, but also many lows in his career. He was always the little guy fighting against the system, against the wealthy, the powerful and he was willing to do anything, to use all of his cunning and intelligence to win.”
After “Amy” and “Senna,” Kapadia is reteaming with James Gay-Rees and Chris King on the film whose global sales rights have been picked up by British sales and distribution company Altitude. Joining them as a producer is Paul Martin (“Ronaldo”). Alongside “Maradona,” Kapadia and his team are also prepping a documentary on the British rock group Oasis.