A feature-length film about former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton is set to be released next year, marking 30 years since Italia ’90.
The film is being produced by the Noah Media Group, who are responsible for the documentaries, Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager and Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, and it is reported that former Ireland captain Andy Townsend is among the executive producers.
The film will focus on Charlton’s reign over the Republic of Ireland team and also his own playing career, including his World Cup win in 1966.
Charlton’s son, John, says the documentary will give an insight into how the 84-year-old juggled his family commitments with the demands of being a player and a manager.
“We are delighted to be working with Noah Media Group on what will be the definitive film on my father’s life”.
“It will be fascinating to see how the film links his life as a husband, father and brother to his incredible achievements in football, as both a player and a manager,” he added.
The film will be directed by Gabriel Clarke, who took charge of Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager and Pete Thomas who directed Euro 2016: Sounds of the Summer. It will be produced by McKenna and Torquil Jones who also worked with Clarke on the Robson documentary.
“I remember Jack Charlton being as surprised as anyone when he got the Ireland manager’s job in 1986,” said co-director Clarke.
“What followed changed lives, altered careers and transformed a nation and it is a privilege to team up with the Charlton family and so many of those who made it possible to get to the heart of this funny, emotional and inspiring story.”
The documentary is set for release in the summer of 2020.