Mikael Salomon has signed on to direct M.E.G.A. Film's boxing biopic Undefeated: The Rocky Marciano Story.

According to M.E.G.A. Film's founder Morris S Levy, who will produce, this is the first authorised picture about the sporting legend's life and will reveal new details from the fighter's younger brother Lou Marciano.

The story will follow Marciano from childhood to his 1969 death in a plane crash. Marciano remains the only champion boxer to retire from his professional career undefeated. Terri Apple wrote the script.

Salomon has earned two Oscar nominations, for his visual effects work on Backdraft and for cinematographer on James Cameron's The Abyss. He is represented by CAA and managed by Echo Lake Productions.