Sony Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to “The Damned United,” a $10 million biopic of legendary English soccer coach Brian Clough says Variety.
The project is adapted from Dave Peace’s novel, set in 1974 but flashing back to the 1960s, about Clough’s ill-fated 44-day reign as coach of Leeds United, then one of England’s most successful soccer teams.
Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney join the previously announced Michael Sheen, who will play Clough.
Tom Hooper (TV mini-series “John Adams,” “Elizabeth I”) will direct from a script by Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “The Last King of Scotland”). Shooting starts May 25th.