Dan Mirvish and Darryl Wharton-Rigby
Hollywood is set to produce a movie inspired by the juicy and jaw-dropping stories surrounding the Black Stars of Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, according to The Wrap, a California-based entertainment and media news website.
Reports say the storyline will centre on a true story of the courier tasked with flying a cash amount of $3m from Ghana over the Atlantic Ocean to Brazil in an effort to stop the Ghanaian football team from quitting the competition in protest over lack of pay. Things go wrong when the courier is ambushed on the way to making the drop, leaving him less than 12 hours to recover the stolen money.
The story is inspired by current events surrounding the World Cup in Brazil, where the government of Ghana delivered $3 million in cash in order for its team to continue playing. Ghana’s national soccer team said they hadn’t been paid the appearance fees they were promised, while the nation’s Deputy Sports Minister, Joseph Yammin, said payment delayed because players and government officials couldn’t agree on the form of payment, the report added.
The report said Bugeater Films is considering the project and it will be written and directed by Darryl Wharton-Rigby, an award winning US writer, director and professor.
Founders of Bugeater Dan Mirvish and Barry Hennessey will produce the film.
Hennessy told the Wrap: “I’ve shot extensively in both Ghana and Brazil, and this is a perfect project to capture the raw energy that both countries have to offer.”
Ghana, who at one point refused to train due to lack of remuneration, subsequently lost their final group match 2-1 to Portugal and exited the competition.
Meanwhile back home in Ghana, the shocking tales that have enveloped the Black Stars are getting murkier with more skeletons popping out of the cupboard.