By Will Tarashuk
From the Black Sox scandal to Pete Rose, there have always been allegations of cheating in sports. While the public has already heard tales about referees throwing games in the NBA playoffs or the mob fixing games in college basketball, soccer is finally getting its time to shine… Even if that’s not necessarily a good thing.
The film is titles “The Big Fix,” and will be directed by Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah. The film is based on the 2012 article “All the World is Staged” written by ESPN’s Brett Fores. The original article tells tale of a fixed soccer match, and the film adaptation is set to follow suit.
The picture will follow three characters, Chris Eaton, a cop who uncovered the scandal, Singaporean fixer Raj Perumal, and a player whose family is threatened. As the plot follows real life events, it chronicles Perumal’s true system used to fix matches in Africa, Asia and Europe.
In fact, Perumal rigged hundreds of games across five continents, in turn generating hundreds of millions of dollars in gambling winnings.
The film;s directors come from Belgium, and made an great first impression with their film “Black,” which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival back in September.
“The Big Fix” is still in early production, so no release date has been announced yet.