Amazon is launching a new drama series starring world-renowned Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona and exploring the man behind the country's famous 1986 World Cup triumph.
"Maradona is a household name around the world, and his career highlights are still discussed today among the biggest moments in soccer's history," said Brad Beale, Amazon's vice-president of global TV content purchasing department. "There are few players whose notoriety transcends generations and geographic border."
Still in production, the show will investigate the story of the man known as 'The Hand of God,' from his early life to the peak of his career.
"The story will feature an unprecedented look at Maradona: not only as a champion, but also as a man," Producer Francisco Cordero told the Guardian.
This far from the first film rendition of the athlete's life. In 2008, Emir Kusturica released 'Maradona,' starring Ernesto Cantu.
Director Asif Kapadia also plans to release a documentary film, which he described as "the third part of a trilogy about child geniuses and fame."
The new Amazon Prime series will follow Maradona from his childhood, through his rise to fame and into adulthood, transporting the audience from riotous stadiums to crowded dance floors.
"We are navigating the depths of history and working on all aspects to capture them for a global audience," said Cordero, who is also working as co-founder and CEO of the bio-series.
Maradona gained international attention after the 1986 Mexico World Cup championship was won with a controversial maneuver where he allegedly punched the ball into the goal. Although the interaction was missed by referees, fans branded their champion 'The Hand of God.'