Sky have announced that they have acquired the film rights to the Raheem Sterling transfer saga, as the winger’s controversial move from Liverpool to Manchester City enters its final stages.
The satellite broadcasters’ bid of £23 million was considerably larger than offers made by Miramax, Lionsgate and BBC Films, and they have already confirmed that ‘The IT Crowd’ star and ‘Submarine’ director Richard Ayoade will helm the project.
‘We are delighted to have won the rights to one of the most turgid, soul-destroying and interminable transfer sagas of recent times’, a statement from Sky read. ‘We’re sure that, with its tales of £100,000 a week contract rejections, disrespect to managers, and the unrelenting greed of English football – of which we have played no part whatsoever – it will find a large, passionate but mainly fickle audience’.
Ayoade added: ‘I don’t really know anything about football, apart from it being a reason to avoid Islington every other Saturday, but I’m sure that, with the vast sums of money Sky are throwing at me to make it, I’ll make a non-descript film that I’ll want to put Alan Smithee’s name to it very, very quickly’.
‘Sterling: The Movie’ is expected to be released straight to Sky Living in the autumn.