Cannes 2012: ‘Bourne’s’ Paul Greengrass to tackle FC Barcelona

[18 May 2012]

By Steven Zeitchik

Los Angeles Times (MCT)

CANNES, France — Though he’s famous for his hand-held verite style of filmmaking, Paul Greengrass has never made a documentary. That will change — and in very high-profile fashion — with the “Bourne Ultimatum” director’s new project: a documentary about the legendary FC Barcelona soccer club that was unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival market Thursday.

Titled “Barca,” the movie will examine the process and legacy of one of the world’s most famous sports franchises, looking at a team as it prepares for the 2012-2013 campaign, in which it will seek to reclaim its title in Spain’s La Liga, with a particular emphasis on its successful run over the last several years.

Greengrass aims to begin shooting the movie later this year, after he wraps his newest feature.

FC Barcelona’s history is long and rich, with the 113-year-old team winning 21 La Liga titles and four Champion’s League titles over its history.

At the moment, it features many of the world’s best players, including Argentine great Lionel Messi and Spain’s David Villa.

The idea behind “Barca” is to show the players and the Barca game, which is known for its crisp and graceful passing schemes, as well as the business strategy behind the team in the manner of “Moneyball.”

The movie is expected to be finished ahead of the 2014 World Cup, when public attention will be focusing on international soccer in Rio de Janeiro.

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