The Great Game director Nico Marzano believes that viewers of his new Sky footballing drama do not need to be told what is fact or fiction. The director believed his football agent thriller should not be confused with what is happening in real life. However, he believed historic dramas like The Crown may need such warnings included.
Nico spoke alongside fellow director Fabio Resinaro ahead of the thrilling new drama about Italian football agents.
They were asked whether dramas like The Crown based on true events would impact how shows like theirs would be received.
Nico told Express.co.uk and the other press: “The risk of being like The Crown is not the case for The Great Game.
“We try to build their power in the universe, you know, it does not reflect reality the way it is.
“But who knows, maybe the fans of the show will stop watching the soccer matches.”
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The showrunner continued: “Our approach was very different from what I guess was the approach of the screenwriters and directors of The Crown.
“Because the language is different, and also the motivation, you know, it’s not an account of the true story.”
The explosive new series is based around dodgy deals, a crooked chairman, and a fiery football agent Corso Manni (played by Francesco Montanari).
Corso begins the series left with nothing after he is accused of illegal betting by his own father.
“For sure, we know there are dark areas that are not completely put under the spotlight and people should investigate that.
“Sometimes in our story, something we’d like to get a sense of is that something is a bit ‘off’.”
He continued: “We didn’t get a direct inspiration [from Qatar World Cup], but we know that it exists.
“We think the audience will have a sort of sense that there are things that are on the dark side too.
“We specifically have the sports agent, who let’s say he ‘plays a bit more rapidly than others’, which is Dino (played by Giancarlo Giannini) and for sure he can fit into that [corrupt] area.”
The eight-part series is based in Italy and focuses on the footballing and criminal underworld of their top league Serie A.
Giancarlo and Francesco also star alongside Elena Radonicich, Lorenzo Cervasio and Lorenzo Aloi.
Showrunner Sonia Rovai described the show as having a “highly original subject matter” but with a family saga included.
She continued that all the characters are: “Ready to battle it out in a war for succession.”
The Great Game is available to stream on Sky Fabio Resinaro