Sweden’s Zlatan is coming to big screen, ‘Millennium’ author confirms

Swedish football legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be the topic of a biopic that is currently in the works, Aftonbladet has reported.

Sweden’s Zlatan is coming to big screen, 'Millennium' author confirms
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, seen here playing for Manchester United against Brighton Irish last week, will turn his life story into a movie. Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP
Swedish author David Lagercrantz confirmed that the footballer’s ‘I am Zlatan’ autobiography will be brought to the big screen. 
“I can confirm that we are working on a script and I think it can be really good,” Lagercrantz told Aftonbladet
According to Aftonbladet, the script is scheduled to be completed by March 2018 and then the film will move in to the casting phase. Sources that spoke with the newspaper said that Ibrahimovic would fund the project himself. 
Fredrik Heinig of production company B-Reel Films confirmed to Aftonbladet that his company “worked on a manuscript based on David and Zlatan’s fantastic book” but declined to say more. 
Lagercrantz was the ghostwriter of ‘I am Zlatan’ and has also written two sequels to Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.
Published in 2011, the Ibrahimovic autobiography is one of the all-time Swedish bestsellers with well over 800,000 copies sold domestically. It has since been translated into dozens of languages and has sold millions of copies all over the world. 
In 2015, Lagercrantz revealed that none of the quotes in the book – which include beauties such as “an injured Zlatan is a serious thing for any team” and “I was unhappy, but I carried on being brilliant” – came from Ibrahimovic himself, prompting accusations that the book was fake. The author vehemently rejected that notion and said that Ibrahimovic approved every quote and was heavily involved in the writing process. 
The sporting memoirs follow the football player's life from his tough youth in one of Malmö's poorest areas, Rosengård, to his rise to fame through his professional football career, including years spent at Ajax, Juventus, Inter and AC Milan as well as among Spanish giants Barcelona.
The 36-year-old recently signed a one-year deal to return to Manchester United. 
If ‘I am Zlatan’ does indeed get turned into a film, it will follow in the footsteps of 'Den unge Zlatan' (English title: 'Becoming Zlatan’), a documentary that hit Swedish theaters in 2016
The brash footballer has previously said that his life story would contain enough material for a ten-part saga that he likened to the 80s action movies about Rambo, played by Sylvester Stallone.
“There are talks in progress. We can make a lot of films about me. It would be like Rambo I to Rambo V – we could do Ibracadabra 1 to 10,” he told Swedish business newspaper Dagens Industri last year. 


Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.