‘Amy’ director Asif Kapadia to make documentary film about Diego Maradona

Kapadia's acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary has recently been nominated for an Oscar

Asif Kapadia, the British filmmaker behind last year’s acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, has confirmed his next project.

Kapadia’s Maradona will delve into the remarkable life of Diego Maradona, the legendary Argentinian football star who alongside PelĂ© was named FIFA Player of the 20th Century. Maradona captained his country to the 1986 World Cup title in Mexico, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player, but his later career was married by long-term drug addiction.

Explaining what makes Maradona an intriguing subject for his next film, Kapadia told The Hollywood Reporter: “I was taken by his character, his genius, honesty, passion, humour and vulnerability. I was fascinated by his journey – wherever he went there were moments of incredible brilliance and drama, he was a leader, taking his teams to the very top, but [there were] also many lows in his career.”

“He was always the little guy fighting against the system, against the wealthy, the powerful and he was willing to do anything, to use all of his cunning and intelligence to win,” Kapadia added.

Kapadia’s Amy has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards, Best Documentary and Outstanding British Film at the BAFTAs and Best Music Film at the Grammys. The director previously made Senna, an acclaimed 2010 documentary about late Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna.

Meanwhile, Kapaldia is also serving as an executive producer on a forthcoming documentary film charting the rise of Oasis in the ’90s.