Frank Bruno’s life will be turned into a movie – and the former world heavyweight champion has turned to Kickstarter to help make it happen.
The film, titled simply Bruno, is written by Doctor Who script editor David P Davis and has been described as a mix between underdog sports classic Rocky and the Oscar-winning Theory of Everything.
Bruno’s sporting success was twinned with a long-running depression battle. The 54-year-old was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003 after he was taken from his Essex home under the Mental Health Act.
The movie won’t be pulling any punches, showing the highs and lows of Bruno’s extraordinary life.
“This film charts it all; from the very first time he put on his gloves, to his storied friendship with notorious firm member Cass Pennant, his World Title win, his section and everything in between,” the Kickstarter page reads.
“This feature film biopic looks at the rise, fall, and rise again of one of Britain’s most loved sports stars and personalities.
“Focusing on the day he was first sectioned, we will look back over his life and fall in love with him all over again… But seeing how he has coped with his Bipolar disorder will make us love him even more.”
The Kickstarter fund has so far earned nearly £2,000, with a target of £1 million needing to be reached by November.
Pledges range from £1 to £5,000, with the top donations getting the chance to meet Bruno himself and get signed posters, Blu-rays and a shooting script from the film.
Bruno’s agent Dave Davies admitted that Luther star Idris Elba is someone the production team are thinking about approaching to play the lead role.
“It would be great to get someone like Idris Elba on board, but they need the right physique and, more importantly, be able to recreate his laugh,” The Mirror quotes him as saying.
Elba is actually pretty good in the ring, getting into boxing to prepare for his role in Mandela. Watch him in action below…