One of the great Dutch stories that Videoland will tell is from Marco van Basten: one of the greatest football players of all time. A Dutch icon with a life full of successes and lows. His story has already been recorded in a very candid biography IT JUST IS and Videoland will now translate this story into a premium drama series together with producer Hollands Licht.
“In the book I have taken stock of my life in and outside football, as honestly and candidly as possible. I am looking forward to my story now also being told in a drama series and hopefully entertaining and maybe inspiring even more people said the former footballer.
Serial IT JUST IS shows the life story of Marco van Basten in a way just as raw and candid as his autobiography. We see how the professional and personal highs and lows of the elusive football hero are intertwined. In his childhood we experience his relationship with his domineering father and his mother struggling with health problems and we see how his best friend falls through the ice and drowns before his very eyes. Via Marco’s breakthrough at Ajax, the win at the European Championship ’88 and the madness in Italy at the great AC Milan, we feel how he is forced to stop playing football at the age of 30 due to tough tackles and medical mistakes.
After that, Marco wants to reinvent himself as a trainer and heads through the financial abyss to a final confrontation to achieve the mental independence and peace that he has been looking for all his life.
“The turbulent life story of a Dutch football icon, which fits seamlessly with Videoland. We are honored that Marco van Basten gives us the confidence to IT JUST IS to make a Videoland series”, says Ellen van den Berghe, Head of Content Videoland. “The biography contains fascinating and candid stories from the life of this super striker. Not only does the series reflect on his career as an active football player, it also discusses the black period at the time of the serious injury that ended his football career and the experiences after that. In short, all the ingredients for a wonderful drama series about this football talent with the nickname ‘Dutch Swan’. It’s a story that amazes, amazes and that you can’t stop talking about.”
The Videoland Original IT JUST IS is expected at Videoland in 2025.
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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