Amazon Prime Video is making a new documentary for 2022 on England’s all-time top goal scorer and Derby County manager, Wayne Rooney.
The biopic, directed by Matt Smith, features previously unseen archive footage of Rooney’s childhood, looking at his relationship with his family, his Sunday League days with Coppelhouse Boys and his first moments in an Everton shirt. The doc “provides a profound insight into the events that shaped Wayne Rooney into the footballing icon he is today.”
Amazon unveiled the doc at its Prime Video Presents Sport 2021 showcase in London, where the line-up of on-air talent and key broadcast details for the upcoming Autumn Nations Series, including Dylan Hartley, Emily Scarratt, Bryan Habana and Stephen Larkham was announced, alongside the newest addition to the Premier League punditry team for this December’s fixtures – Patrice Evra. Prime Video also updated on previously announced plans to reinvest all fees from the historic US Open final back into British women’s tennis, working with US Open Champion Emma Raducanu and the Lawn Tennis Association on a proposal.
In addition, Prime Video showcased seven films and series coming to Prime Video in the next year including Rooney.
“We’ve come a long way since our UK launch in 2018,” said Marie Donoghue, Vice President of Global Sports Video at Amazon. “We know the UK has some of the most passionate sports fans in the world, and we’re dedicated to growing our portfolio across live sports and original content to give them more of what they love.”
Alongside Rooney, is the previously announced Lioness: The Nicola Adams Story. Directed Helena Coan, the film explores the life and success of the record-breaking female boxer. In the film Nicola explores her upbringing, motivations and key life events that shaped her into a world champion athlete as well as opening up on her battles with public racism and homophobia. Arsène Wenger: Invincible: billed as the definitive documentary of a footballing pioneer who changed the landscape of the Premier League. The film contains insight and access from Arsène Wenger himself, as well as key figures from throughout his career including the biggest names in world football.
Amazon also showcased the previously announced All or Nothing: Arsenal from 72 Films; F.C Bayern Munich: Behind the Legend and Maradona: Blessed Dream
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