David Beckham’s Studio 99 film crew are the production company who Ronnie O’Sullivan granted access-all-areas to during his gripping World Championship triumph. O’Sullivan defeated rival Judd Trump 18-13 at The Crucible on Monday to clinch a record-equalling seventh world title and at 46, is the oldest player to win the tournament. The maverick snooker player was known to be filming for a behind-the-scenes documentary and Sportsmail can now reveal it was Beckham’s company who were following him, gaining an unprecedented insight into how ‘The Rocket’ ticks away from the table. ‘Ronnie is one of the greatest to play any sport ever, his achievements and his character and story are unique and will make for a compelling documentary,’ a source close to the production said.
‘Ronnie felt it was time to tell his story and he has granted amazing access to the team. They have been with him through this whole build up and every frame of the final. ‘David has always been a huge admirer of Ronnie’s and loves him as a person and he is honoured that Ronnie has chosen Studio 99 to tell his story.’ A bidding war is expected to follow for access to the documentary, which will also see O’Sullivan chronicle his start in the game and his journey to seven world titles, a tally shared with the legendary Stephen Hendry.
Studio 99, meanwhile, have previously produced other shows such as Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League, which was shown on BBC Two, and the upcoming Save our Squad Disney+ series, which Beckham will present.
Speaking about the documentary in his press conference after winning the trophy on Monday, O’Sullivan said: ‘I don’t know if it’s going to be the best sports documentary ever – you’re going to have to watch it and find out. ‘What I can say is that I have given them complete access – to the point of where if you could put a fly on the wall and follow me for 17 days here, that is basically what has happened.
‘They’ve been in my dressing room, my hotel room before and after matches, after sessions. I embraced it because whatever I get involved in, I want to make it the best we can possibly do. ‘The access I gave them, they said they’ve never had that access with any other sportsman. Hopefully people watch it, enjoy it – they will get to see everything and it had a good ending as well.’