Santiago Munez Actor Kuno Becker Has Written A Script For Goal 4
Actor Kuno Becker, who played the beloved Santiago Munez in the Goal! franchise, has revealed he has written a script for a fourth film.
The first Goal!, released 15 years ago, sees the young Mexican go from being an illegal immigrant working in a Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles to signing for Newcastle United and scoring in front of thousands of screaming Geordies at St James' Park.
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But with the monumental disappointment of the third movie, Becker, who now has his own production company and has directed three films, took it upon himself to write a script for a fourth film.
The plot, which Becker put together with help from a team of writers, catches up with an older Munez, who has transitioned from a football player to a football coach.
The 42-year-old is keen for fans to join cult hero Munez on the next step of his journey but after talking to those who own the rights to the films, he's aware of the many barriers in the way.
"I actually wrote a script for Goal 4. My associates, my partners in production company, think it's great," Becker told SPORTbible.
"I didn't write it myself, I wrote it with writers and with a professional structure. It's a story that makes justice to the other two because the third one is just bad and had no direction.
"I wrote the Goal 4 movie because I think it's a beautiful story. It picks up Santi as a trainer and it's a life lesson about failure and success. I think it's very moving and so do the people around me that I worked with.
"But they're still thinking about money [regarding the rights] - which is the wrong way to think in a movie. You've got to trust each other and if it's successful, everything else comes as a result.
"I wrote it and I took my time with it because I felt the third one was such a disappointment. I'm not going to fight with my life to do it, I may try again but I already tried.
"There's people with the rights who are like, 'If I don't receive this amount of money'. If you're thinking like that, f**k it I'll just write another movie and make something else.
"I think the worldwide audience that the first two movies have, they need some closure of the story and it would be nice to see what happened with the characters but with a good story that has something to say and respects the first two.
"The script that I wrote for Goal 4 is actually very commercial but it has a lot of feeling and a lot of heart - which is what I think made the first one work so well. I may try again but I'm not going to keep trying all my life.
"At the end of the day I would love to do it but I'm not going to be begging these a**holes to do something they don't want to do."
While the very first in the series is widely deemed to be the greatest football film of all-time, Goal III: Taking on the World only gives minimal screen time for the Munez character, who breaks his leg and misses the 2006 World Cup in Germany as a result.
Becker shares the audience's frustration with how the film panned out and has some very strong opinions on the finished product.
"It's a piece of sh*t, that's what it is," he stated.
"It's a bad movie, it's a disgrace and they did a horrible job in every single way. They blew it.
"I don't like to talk badly about people but I'm honest and I've got to be honest. People have seen it and it's a piece of sh*t.
"It's bad because the first two are good movies - the second one is great and the first one works incredibly. The third one is bad, they wanted to do everything cheaper and they just went crazy. They thought because it was the third one, it was the sequel, people were going to watch it.
"People want to watch a good story and they demand what they are paying for is worth something. If it isn't, it just goes to the switch and it doesn't work, which is what happened.
"The third is a total disrespect for the first two. It's like it's not even there, it's negative for the franchise."