Details of an upcoming documentary on legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferugson have been revealed by producedJohn Battsek.
Ferguson’s son, Jason, directed the project, which features a string of former players including Gordon Strachan, Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs.
The production is due to be released early in 2021, although it is yet to be given a title.
Battsek explained what to expect from the documentary and how its creation was interrupted by Ferguson’s brain surgery in 2018, which is covered in the film.
‘A layer of the film is Sir Alex in recovery, grappling with the threat of the loss of his memory, that being the memory of the greatest football manager that ever lived,’ Battsek told Screen Daily.
‘It’s Sir Alex’s real-life story from growing up in Govan in Glasgow, his career as a footballer and as a football manager to his battle recovering from the brain haemorrhage.
‘It is a father-son story and a love story – the story of him and his amazing wife.’
‘One, Jason had already recorded 50 hours of audio with his dad; and two, his father trusted him – really trusted him,’ said Battsek. ‘We felt that if we surrounded Jason with all sorts of experienced hands, he could handle it. He has done a phenomenal job.’
Ahead of the project in 2018, Sir Alex said: ‘I have been approached many times over the years to make a film on my life but did not feel comfortable until this point.
‘When the team behind this project was presented to me, and after we spent time discussing their thoughts and approach on what the film could be, I felt confident that I was in good hands.
‘The process so far has been natural and enjoyable and I look forward to making the best film we can.’