'Trainspotting' Producers Plotting Doc on Manchester United Icon Alex Ferguson

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Alex Ferguson

DNA Films is teaming with 'Searching for Sugar Man' producers Passion Pictures on the feature, to be directed by the soccer legend's son.

Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager and one of the most successful and well-known figures in the history of soccer, is getting the documentary treatment. 

DNA Films, the multi-award-winning banner behind the likes of Trainspotting, The Last King of Scotland and Ex Machina, is teaming with documentary specialists Passion Pictures, which picked up Oscars for One Day in September and Searching for Sugar Man, on the as-yet-untitled film. The doc is set to be directed by Alex Ferguson's son, Jason Ferguson. The news was announced Tuesday by producers Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich, for DNA, and John Battsek, for Passion Pictures.

The film, which Jason Ferguson has been developing for more than two years and will mark his directorial debut, is set to feature exclusive and unrestricted access to the elder Ferguson, his family and his closest friends. It will offer a deeply personal and revealing account of Ferguson's remarkable life, from the working-class shipbuilding district of Govan in Glasgow, via the Theatre of Dreams at Old Trafford, to the ICU ward at Salford Royal hospital where, earlier this year, he was treated after suffering a brain hemorrhage. 

“I have been approached many times over the years to make a film on my life but did not feel comfortable until this point,” said Alex Ferguson. “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.”

Added Macdonald: “Jason has a deeply intimate and trusting relationship with his father and the bond created between them makes him uniquely positioned to elicit the unfiltered honest emotional truth from his father. Jason, John and I have put together a team of the highest caliber, one we are confident will ensure the broadest audience possible for a powerful, emotional film with truly universal appeal."

The documentary is set to start shooting in October.