Pele, considered one of the greatest soccer players in history, have teamed up with Bunim/Murray Productions to create a limited-run scripted TV series based on his life in the mid-’70s while playing for the New York Cosmos, the company announced on Monday.
The retired Brazilian footballer, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, will serve as an executive producer alongside Bunim/Murray CEO Gil Goldschein and his manager Paul Kemsely.
Pele was named “World Player of the Century” by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics and “Athlete of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee. In 2016, he was portrayed by Kevin de Paula in the biopic “Pele: Birth of a Legend.”
“Growing up playing soccer competitively and now coaching my kids’ teams, I have always admired Pelé and aspired to share his story and approached PK about doing this series. As soccer continues to gain legions of fans around the world, now is the right time to delve into and dramatize his story,” Goldschein said in a statement. “Pelé’s talent, humility and charisma make him an outstanding role model, and we anticipate that this series will have mass global appeal.”