LONDON — Sean Cronin, who has appeared in “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” is set to direct “Michael,” a biopic of London boxer Michael Watson.
Watson was knocked out and put into a coma by Chris Eubank in a world title fight in 1991. The film tracks Watson’s fight back from the brink of death and Eubank’s turmoil in coming to terms with what happened. In a pivotal scene, Muhammad Ali comes to Watson’s bedside as he recovers.
The film highlights the changes that came about with regard to ringside medical care as a result of Watson’s injuries, his court battle with the British Board of Boxing Control, and culminates in his triumph over adversity as he runs the London Marathon.
Cronin’s Magnificent Films and 1947 Films will produce. Vic Armstrong, Terry Bamber and Robert Binnall are attached. Steve Collins, who was World Middleweight champion, will be the boxing adviser, alongside Armstrong and Wade Eastwood.
Principal photography starts in August.