Irish dancing legend Michael Flatley has said that he hopes that his new documentary will help to inspire young people to “never give up on their dreams”.
Directed by Grammy winning Ryan Suffren, the film is to explore the “rollercoaster ride of pinnacles and pitfalls” of the life of Michael Flatley, including his departure from the Riverdance, ahead of its 1995 World Tour, along with his creation of Lord Of The Dance.
It has also been described as a “tumultuous journey” for Flatley, focusing on everything from boxing, to bullying, to fast cars to cancer, which he spoke about in January, stating that he was on the mend.
The film, titled ‘The Billion Dollar Dancer’, is to also feature archive footage and interviews with Flatley.
“a peek under the hood”
Michael Flatley had previously spoken about working on a “no holds barred” documentary on his life during the Summer.
“I’m proud to be able to share my story with the world”, Flatley said of the film. “It’s a peek under the hood at what it took to be where I am today”.
He continued, “There were so many times growing up when I thought I had reached the end of the road, but the challenges made me who I am”.
“More than anything, I want to inspire young people in all walks of life to never give up on their dreams”.
Director Ryan Suffren also added, “As two Chicago boys with southside ties, I could not be more thrilled to be making this documentary on Michael Flatley’s remarkable life”.
“His story is truly an inspired one, and I’m grateful to be a part of bringing it to the screen”.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lord Of The Dance, Flatley will be overseeing a special tour, confirmed by Lorton Entertainment, and Fine Point Films.
Julian Bird who is the chief executive of production company Lorton Entertainment, also spoke about working with Flatley.
“We are thrilled to be working with Michael Flatley on his fascinating and inspiring story”, Bird said.
Bird also added, “At Lorton we have been privileged to work on amazing stories with global icons and we are looking forward showing the world the real Michael Flatley”.