Regional screen agency Northern Film & Media and Northstar Ventures have come on board to invest 150,000 in United, shooting now starring David Tennant.
The World Productions feature for BBC will get investment from the £2.4m Finance for Business North East Creative Content Fund, the groundbreaking public-private investment partnership.
As reported earlier this week, United is about the “Busby Babes” and the 1958 Munich air disaster involving Manchester United.
The film will be almost entirely shot in teh North East of England. Tennant stars as coach Jimmy Murphy with Jack O’Connell as Bobby Charlton and Screen Star of Tomorrow Sam Claflin as Duncan Edwards. Dougray Scott plays manager Matt Busby.
Chris Chibnall wrote and James Strong directs.
Tom Harvey, CEO of Northern Film & Media, said: “Northern Film & Media is delighted to invest in and host the production of this tragic, quintessentially northern story. Featuring a fine cast and a strong script, the film will educate and entertain audiences across the globe.”
Simon Heath, Executive Producer, World Productions, added: “Chris Chibnall has written an authentic and moving version of this heartbreaking story, which with the help of a great cast, we hope will be a fitting tribute to those who survived and those who lost their lives at Munich.”