Eclipse Films is teaming with independent production company Gospel and specialist documentary distributor Dogwoof for a feature documentary about cricket legend Shane Warne. “Shane” will be produced by Eclipse, the feature arm of Eclipse Global Entertainment, and Gospel with Dogwoof handling worldwide theatrical sales. The three companies announced the project in Cannes on Wednesday where Dogwoof is introducing it to international buyers.
“Shane” will present an intimate portrayal of Warne, the retired Australian cricketer and larger-than-life character whose reputation on and off the green pitch saw his fame transcend cricket. As well as being widely considered as the greatest bowler of all time Warne’s personal struggles, including a drugs ban, a high-profile divorce, and tales of affairs with supermodels that made him a popular tabloid target, only proved to make him more relatable and popular with his fans.
“The word legend, like superstar, is much overused these days but in the case of Shane Warne it fits perfectly as he really is one of the greatest athletes to grace the sporting world,” said producer John Sachs. “Eclipse Films are extremely excited to be part of telling Shane’s story.”
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The film will feature never-before-seen personal archive footage alongside historic footage of landmark moments in Warne’s iconic career and exclusive interviews with Warne as well as his family, friends, rivals, and colleagues. It will reveal how Warne overcame early rejection and discovered the art of spin bowling to become a sporting legend as well as confront the controversies in his life and how they shaped him as a player.
The feature documentary is directed by Jon Carey and Adam Darke, who most recently teamed on 2017 documentary “Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story. Carey, Darke, and Dave Rowley will produce for Gospel alongside John Sachs, Andrew Berg, and Kimberley Sachs for Eclipse.