An intriguing team, led by Ken Loach, is working on a project that Screen sources say was originated by football legend Eric Cantona.
The project, with the working title Looking For Eric is part of the Wild Bunch Cannes slate. (Click here for full slate story).
The French company is closely guarding the details but Screen sources suggest that French star came up with the idea from which Paul Laverty has written the screenplay.
Sources also suggest it has been set up as a co-production with Cannes favourites Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes' Les Films Du Flueve in Belgium.
Loach's regular producer Rebecca O'Brien is also on board.
No further details are available at this stage, although the film does not appear to be a biopic.
French international Eric Cantona's sporting reputation was built as a flamboyant and sometimes eccentric star for Manchester United in England.
After retiring from the game he moved into film acting with appearances including Elizabeth in 1998. He directed his first feature Apporte-moi Ton Amour in 2002.