Harder Than You Think: Docu about Paralympic Games

British company Passion Pictures is teaming up with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and filmmaker Richard Curtis on a new documentary about the Paralympic Games.

Currently titled Harder Than You Think, the docu brings together Passion’s John Battsek with producer Greg Nugent of HTYT Films, with Broccoli and Curtis serving as executive producers.

Directed by the BAFTA-nominated filmmakers behind McQueen, Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, Harder Than You Think tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games from its inception to becoming the world’s third-largest sporting event.

U.S. Paralympian Tatyana McFadden and former International Paralympic Committee CEO Xavier Gonzalez will also serve as executive producers alongside Broccoli and Curtis.

The film blends new archive footage with the stories of modern-day athletes, leaders and visionaries. Bonhôte and Ettedgui said the film intends to take audiences on “a visceral rollercoaster ride that reflects the many hurdles, disasters and triumphs that the Paralympic movement has faced on its epic journey from a minor English tournament to this massive global event.”

“It’s a story that inspires and challenges us as filmmakers, and we look forward to opening the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere to some of the most astonishing human and sporting stories you will ever experience,” the directors said.

Prince Harry, who created and serves as patron of the Invictus Games for wounded and sick armed service personnel and veterans, is among participants who have already been interviewed.

Other participants include renowned Paralympians Jonnie Peacock, Jean Baptiste Alaize, Beatrice “Bebe” Vio, Shingo Kunieda, Daniel Dias, and McFadden.

The film will be completed in time for release ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, August 25-September 6, 2020.

“The opportunity to bring the remarkable story of the Paralympic movement to a worldwide audience, working alongside a world-class creative team in Ian and Peter, and with the involvement of Greg Nugent and such an elite group of executive producers, is both an honor and a privilege,” said Battsek.

Passion Pictures has won two Best Documentary Oscars, for 2012’s Searching for Sugar Man and for 1999’s One Day in September, about the 1972 Munich Olympics hostage crisis.