PETALING JAYA: Lee Chong Wei is a legend as far as Malaysian sports is concerned, and now his rise to badminton stardom is going to be chronicled in a movie.
Fittingly titled Rise of the Legend, the movie is set to be released in 2018.
The deal for the movie rights for Chong Wei’s life story was sealed with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by his brother Chong Hoon and local film producers, CB Pictures yesterday.
“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.
“This will be an authentic story about Chong Wei. We hope to start shooting by the middle of next year, so that the movie can be released in 2018,” producer Josiah Chieng was quoted as saying at the signing ceremony yesterday.
He added that he was also trying to persuade Chong Wei to act in the movie.
World Number 1 Chong Wei could not attend the MoU signing ceremony as he is currently taking part in the Denmark Open. He was said to have been keen on having local producers for the making of a movie about his success as a badminton star.
CB Pictures have engaged local Teng Bee as director for the biopic. He is renowned for his work on Kepong Gangster, Kepong Gangster 2 and Paint My Love.
Chieng is hopeful that the movie will help inspire aspiring badminton players, as well as the general audience in Malaysia and overseas.
“As a sports icon and a Malaysian hero, Datuk Lee’s story is a must have for Malaysians, as well as a worldwide audience.
“CB Pictures is honoured to have secured the rights to produce a feature-length motion picture that depicts the story of Lee Chong Wei,” he said of the three-time Olympics silver medallist.
Chieng estimates the cost of making the movie to be in the RM4.5 million to RM6 million range and said that auditions for the cast would be held in December.