Soccer legend Pele is getting his own TV series.
Bunim/Murray Productions is teaming up with retired Brazilian footballer, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, for a limited-run series based on his life in the ’70s, the company announced on Monday. The scripted series will delve into his life while playing for the New York Cosmos alongside other international players.
Pele will serve as an executive producer on the series, alongside his manager Paul Kemsley, Bunim/Murray CEO Gil Goldschein, as well as co-president of Entertainment & Development, Jeff Jenkins.
Pele is considered the greatest soccer player in history. He’s been named “World Player of the Century” by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics and “Athlete of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee. He was recently portrayed on screen by Kevin de Paula in the 2016 biopic “Pele: Birth of a Legend” from writer-directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.
“Growing up playing soccer competitively and now coaching my kids’ teams, I have always admired Pelé and aspired to share his story and approached PK about doing this series. As soccer continues to gain legions of fans around the world, now is the right time to delve into and dramatize his story,” Goldschein said in a statement. “Pelé’s talent, humility and charisma make him an outstanding role model, and we anticipate that this series will have mass global appeal.”
“When Gil and Jeff (Jenkins) approached me with this idea, I very quickly said yes,” said Kemsley. “Bunim/Murray has an amazing track record for creating revolutionary TV shows, and it was clear to me that we share a passion for Pelé and soccer. I have no doubt they will capture the magic that was New York City in the late 70’s and also honor the legacy of one of the greatest athletes this planet has ever known. Pele, Sport 10, and I couldn’t be happier with this new partnership.”
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