John Battsek‘s Oscar-winning prodco Passion Pictures and Greg Nugent’s HTYT Films have joined forces to produce a feature-length documentary about the Paralympic Games.
Directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui – directors of 2018 documentary McQueen – Harder Than You Think chronicles how the Paralympic Games grew to become the world’s third largest sporting event since its 1948 inception.
The film is slated for release in summer 2020 ahead of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
“We are currently experiencing a golden age in feature documentary filmmaking,” Battsek said in a statement. “The opportunity to bring the remarkable story of the Paralympic movement to a worldwide audience working alongside a world-class creative team in Ian and Peter, and with the involvement of Greg Nugent and such an elite group of executive producers, is both an honor and a privilege.”
Alongside archival footage, the filmmakers will interview International Paralympic Committee (IPC) officials and Paralympians, including Jean Baptiste Alaize of France, Beatrice “Bebe” Vio of Italy, Daniel Dias of Brazil and Tatyana McFadden (pictured right) of the U.S.
Harder Than You Think also explores how Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event, builds on the Paralymic movement by challenging the perception of ability. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, is interviewed in the film as founder of Invictus Games.
The documentary is executive produced by Barbara Broccoli, whose work includes the James Bond franchise, and Love Actually screenwriter Richard Curtis, alongside McFadden and former IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez.
HTYT Films hold the global rights, granted by the IPC, and have financed the film.