Malaysian badminton superstar Datuk Lee Chong Wei will have his life story told in the medium of film.
The Memorandum of Understanding for the film rights were signed at a ceremony yesterday between Lee’s brother and Malaysian film producers, C8 Pictures.
The story of Malaysia’s most successful Olympian will be titled Rise of the Legend and will be released in theatres in 2018, according to reports.
Filming is slated to begin next year and will be produced by C8 Pictures in association with Mahu Pictures, on a production budget of RM4.5 million.
The film will feature a story of Lee’s life and relationship with his family.
Both director Teng Bee and producer Josiah Chieng expressed how it took three years for Lee to finally agree to the movie.
“For three years we have been trying to get Chong Wei to give us the rights to film his life story and finally, he has agreed,” noted Chieng.
Lee could not be present at the signing ceremony as he was in Denmark for the Denmark Open.
Nationwide auditions for Lee’s character will be conducted from December this year.