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Hollywood to cash in on Ghana's $3m World Cup drama

Published on: 30 June 2014
Ghana players receiving their cash in Brasilia.

An award-winning US writer is planning a Hollywood thriller spun off the true and bizarre story of Ghana's World Cup cash, reports The Wrap.

Darryl Wharton-Rigby's screenplay will centre on a courier tasked with bringing $3m (£1.76m) across the Atlantic to Brazil in an effort to stop the Ghanaian football team quitting the competition in protest at lack of pay.

It is based on a real-life impasse which affected the west African team prior to their exit at the group stage last week, though fictional elements will be incorporated to further spice up the proposed movie.

The plot sees the $3m stolen after the courier is ambushed. He then has fewer than 12 hours to recover the money or face the wrath of his employers (and presumably the Ghanaian footballers).

"The world has soccer fever and Hollywood has caught it," said Wharton-Rigby, a former staff writer for Homicide: Life on the Street, the celebrated Emmy-winning TV series from producer David Simon which predated the even more successful The Wire.

The screenplay has been optioned by US production company Bugeater, whose founders Dan Mirvish and Barry Hennessey will produce the film.

Hennessy, an Emmy winner for reality TV show The Amazing Race, told the Wrap: "I've shot extensively in both Ghana and Brazil, and this is a perfect project to capture the raw energy that both countries have to offer."

Ghana's president, John Dramani Mahama, was forced to send a plane containing $3m to Brasília for the players to share after a row over appearance fees threatened to see the team go on strike.

Ghana, who at one point refused to train due to lack of renumeration, subsequently lost their final group match 2-1 to Portugal and exited the competition.

Wharton-Rigby's 1998 film Detention won the best director prize at the Urbanworld film festival. The thriller is the second football-related project to emerge in the past few weeks, following news that Hollywood studio Warner Bros plans to capitalise on US World Cup fever with a remake of cult classic Michael Caine tale Escape to Victory.

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  • Stallion says:
    June 30, 2014 10:50 pm
    @askantwi hero worshiping of individuals with money and power is why we as Africans are still stuck in the middle ages. We have been reduced to a laughing stock around the world, and what some people do is heap praise on those who have brought such shame upon us. Its unbelievable...
  • Sterlingz says:
    June 30, 2014 12:48 pm
  • lion-fire says:
    June 30, 2014 01:01 pm
    It is not funny at all
  • selfmade says:
    June 30, 2014 01:08 pm
    All our WC achievements has been eroded thanks to aan overbloated,fatty and ughly chimp calling himself a minister! In fact am so hurt from this disgrace and I have encountered a bitter experience this week in the big apple on Saturday when I walked into a Spanish barbering shop to have a haircut and I had on the Ghanaian jersey and I was embarrassed like hell! The moment the Spanish guys saw me, they started mentioning Ghana and how we have sent DINENORO(MONEY) to brazilia and bursting out with laughter! Man I was pissed off and this is a barbering shop I have been going since I was a kid! The president doesn't know the calamity this FONKING MINISTER with TOKYO JOE HAIRCUT has caused this nation! Our ministers though are corrupt as hell but they know how to calm nerves esp like what happened in Brazil but not this fatty SPOOKE who was busy serving a fucking slut of an actress!! What was he doing in brazil? How can our president re-assigned this chimp when he has abused his office and carelessly misused tax payers money? This president is a joke and am now highly disappointed him! Ghana is now an element of ridicule and comics and instead of our president restoring some dignity to us, he has given this moron and a retarded son of a bitch another position! We have shown the world that we are not serious in the WC and the president has even make a bold statement that indeed we are nation of JOKERS!!
  • Koo Tee says:
    June 30, 2014 01:21 pm
    Look at how aggressively the official looks at the money in the cage o!!!.Ha ha ha ha!!. Sika ye mogya ampa!!!!
  • danida says:
    June 30, 2014 01:56 pm
    Disgraceful act in our history .people must feel a bit for the country not themselves but akwasi nyantakyi God bless u for this shameful act
  • selfmade says:
    June 30, 2014 01:57 pm
    In fact Greg hair doesn't mean wisdom and this ughly man is epitome of that saying! If an old man sits down unconcerned for kids to eat a snake, that stupid old man is a snake eater too! This adage aptly describe this NOTORIOUS MAN! This man is a notorious gangster and Allah ll punish this notorious ganagster one day! If our old man are behaving like crimianl gangsters and liars, then it means this country has no credibility and no future! All our so called leaders are liars and even the your are more honorable man than these criminals! Instead of this old man with grey hair to put things in right perspective so that such an act wldnt occur again, he is pointing fingers at these three players who can be his grand kids! These criminals are not only cowards but pathological liars as well! U call yourself a mgt member and what mgt did u put in place to foster this disgrace act in Brazil? Lookong critically at this man pic, one can see a very stupid, low lying son of a bitch who has no thinking abilities but just a mere YES SIR, YES SIR FELLOW! He has been doing yes sir, yes sir to be where he is today and such a man can't be trusted and these guys are extremely dangerous too! If our old men are stooping so low to compete with the youth for crimibalities, then it gives us the level of moral decadency in our society! This is a perfect barometer to gauge ourselves as a nation! All the ministers are lying bastards, our traditional chiefs are stooges and the least said about our journalists, the better! This man was criminally planning to rigged our election and if he is still walking as a free man and even went to Brazil to chill with dirty sluts who can be his grandchildren on tax payers account, then I can confidently say that this country has GONE TO THE DOGS AND WE HAVE NO FEAR OF GOD ANYMORE!
  • Capo di Capi says:
    June 30, 2014 06:22 pm
    AA and the GFA are to blame for all this. If they had managed the players well enough all of these could have been avoided. Love for money ...
  • paa kwesi Richardson says:
    June 30, 2014 06:45 pm
  • askantwi says:
    June 30, 2014 07:44 pm
    Wo ye kwasea pii. Abedi Pele who arranges a scoring of 30 goals to nothing in a soccer match is your best administrator? Jesus, some of you Ghanaians are just unbelievable. Such individual worshipping is a huge problem in Ghanaian society.
  • spellBOUND says:
    June 30, 2014 09:13 pm
    i wonder who will play john boye... kissing money aaaahhh... loool too funny..