Plans to release a biopic of Wayne Rooney celebrating his life and sporting career have reportedly been put on hold.
The documentary is said to feature interviews with Wayne, his wife Coleen, both 35, and David Beckham and was originally due for release in the summer.
According to The Sun, the project has now been put on the back-burner after Wayne was locked in an embarrassing drama after photos of him sleeping in a hotel room surrounded by three party girls went viral last month, leading to a police sting and blackmail allegations.
Delay: Plans to release a biopic of Wayne Rooney celebrating his life and sporting career have reportedly been put on hold
A source said: ‘This film is a real celebration of Wayne’s story. It gets to the heart of his upbringing on the Croxteth estate in Liverpool and watches him rise to become one of the best footballers England has ever seen.
‘It will also chart his move from player to manager and will show him heading up Derby County. Wayne and Coleen have given interviews and plenty of his famous pals have chipped in too, so the production is pretty much completed.
‘It was supposed to be going out later this summer, with a huge fanfare leading up to it, but now there are concerns among some people that it could be overshadowed by everything that has happened recently.’
The source added Wayne has apologised to his family and has their support but they want the film to be a success and don’t want the scandal to take focus away from it.
Plans: The documentary is said to feature interviews with Wayne and his wife Coleen, both 35, and was originally due for release in the summer (pictured with Coleen)
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Wayne has been married to Coleen since 2008 and the couple share four sons Kai, 11, Klay, eight, Kit, five, and Cass, three.
Last month it emerged Wayne had bought the photos of him sleeping in a hotel room surrounded by the party girls for just £1, and described the women as ‘decent’ days after claiming their pictures were part of a plot to blackmail him.
He was clothed and sitting upright sleeping on a chair in the photo in the hotel room.
Film: The project has reportedly been put on the back-burner after Wayne was locked in an embarrassing drama after photos of him sleeping in a hotel room surrounded by three party girls went viral last month
Wayne, who has been with Coleen since they were 16, got caught in the drama when he joined the girls in their hotel room near Piccadilly station.
Greater Manchester Police said they had received no reports about the incident, but Cheshire Constabulary were investigating the claims. It confirmed: ‘We have received a complaint of blackmail which we are reviewing.’
One of the images which leaked on social media and went viral shows Wayne leaning in towards a blonde reveller at a nightclub in Manchester. There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on the football star’s part.
Coleen is said to be fully behind her husband and thinks he has been the victim of a stitch-up.
Oh dear: Footballer Wayne has been locked in an embarrassing drama after photos of him sleeping in a hotel room surrounded by three party girls went viral last month, leading to a police sting and blackmail allegations
A source has since told The Sun that because Coleen is a Catholic she won’t break her marriage vows and will stay with him ‘for better or worse’ even after his latest indiscretion.
The insider told the publication: ‘Of course, as a staunch Catholic, Coleen takes her marriage vows seriously. She committed to Wayne for better or for worse.
‘Crucially, she will not ruin her boys’ lives by taking them away from their dad and getting involved in an acrimonious divorce battle. Family is everything to her.
‘Coleen has had so much stick over the years for standing by Wayne — most of it from people who have never met either of them.
Vow: A source has since told The Sun that because Coleen is a Catholic she won’t break her marriage vows and will stay with him ‘for better or worse’ even after his latest indiscretion
‘People say she’s a doormat for letting him stray, for simply shrugging off his humiliating drunken antics.’
The source added that the ‘reality was very different’ and that it takes a ‘strong woman’ to not leave at the ‘first sign of difficulty’, before branding Coleen Wayne’s ‘rock, his moral and social barometer’.
Following the drama, Wayne paid the ‘nominal’ fee to Brooke Morgan, Elise Melvin, both 21, and their pal Eleanor Hoggarth, who have apologised to him and ‘volunteered to hand over all pictures’ having admitted they got ‘carried away’.
Wayne now owns the copyright on the images that showed him asleep in a chair in their £60-a-night room in Manchester on Saturday.
End of matters: Wayne now owns the copyright on the images that showed him asleep in a chair as the friends mucked around in their underwear in their £60-a-night room in Manchester on Saturday (Wayne pictured in November 2020)
In the aftermath ex-England skipper Wayne alleged to police he was blackmailed over the images of him with three women while fully-clothed and asleep in a chair. The trio approached Rooney’s lawyer, his spokesman said.
Wayne’s ownership of the majority of the pictures from his night out will now mean he can take legal action if they are used by the press or on social media.
A spokesman for Wayne said: ‘The three girls who took the photographs contacted Wayne’s lawyers and volunteered to hand over all pictures that were taken that night and the copyrights in them.
‘They have also, at their own suggestion, made a written apology to him for the events that took place and the embarrassment caused…
‘These were three decent young women who went for a night out. They did not expect Wayne to end up in their company and are remorseful about how things turned out with the pictures.
‘They got carried away and did something they later regretted. They did not expect it to end up in the mainstream media after it was posted on social media and they decided to take steps to put things right.
‘It would be wrong to say no money changed hands because when a contract is drawn up there must be a sum and in this case it was a nominal £1.
‘They have fulsomely apologised because they wanted to do what they saw as the right thing and draw a line under the matter.’
Couple: Wayne has been with childhood sweetheart Coleen for nearly two decades. The pair started dating when they were 16 after leaving school, married in 2008 and have four sons together