On behalf of RTL, Zeitsprung Pictures, in collaboration with Violet Pictures, film the sports history of tennis legend Boris Becker: from its beginnings to its first Wimbledon victory as a 17-year-old. Richard Kropf ("4 Blocks", "The most important thing in life", "Labaule & Erben") and Marcus Schuster (freelance journalist) are responsible for the screenplay of "The Player" (AT).
Directed by Hannu Salonen ("Oktoberfest 1900", "Arctic Circle – The Invisible Death", "DEBT after Ferdinand von Schirach"). The actors Samuel Finzi, Anna Schudt and Hans-Jochen Wagner could be won over for the film.
35 years ago, Boris Becker wrote a sporting fairy tale with his victory in the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament. His triumph made the 17-year-old the youngest Wimbledon champion of all time. To date, Becker is the youngest player to ever win the tournament. The quick-tempered, stubborn provincial boy won on the sacred lawn and an entire nation was thrilled with the television. The RTL film "The Player" (AT) begins with the beginning of Becker's extraordinary career and continues to triumph in Wimbledon: soaring highs, bitter defeats and deep doubts. Trainer Günther Bosch and manager Ion Țiriac paved the way for an unprecedented career as a world-class athlete. The film shows the uncompromising professional sport, the tough struggle upwards and gives insights into the psyche and life of an athlete who rose to a tennis idol at a young age.
The editors are Brigitte Kohnert and Manuel Schlegel, headed by Frauke Neeb and Hauke Bartel, Head of the Fiction Media Group RTL Germany. The project is funded by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.