Sir Sean is expected to narrate the documentary, and it is hoped he will also appear on screen. It is being produced by the independent film-maker Murray Grigor, Sir Sean''s long-time collaborator, and co-writer of his memoirs.
The documentary will be used to help attract overseas students to St Andrews, promote fundraising initiatives and boost the anniversary celebrations in the run-up to the official anniversary date in 2013. It will chart the origins of the university, from its roots within the Augustinian priory at St Andrews Cathedral, which go back to 1410, and explain how the Pope had a key role in the official incorporation of the university.
The film will explain how the university has maintained its position as one of the most sought-after in the UK, and it is hoped many of the university''s best-known graduates will feature. The university film would be Sir Sean's first on-screen appearance since being coaxed out of retirement to appear in the promotional film for the 2009 Year of Homecoming.
"Louise Richardson, the principal of the university, approached Sean himself and he agreed to get involved, and asked if the university could work with me," the Scotsman quoted Grigor as saying. "It's very early days, but I've already started work on the script for it, and we should hopefully start some filming in the next few months. St Andrews has an absolutely extaordinary history and tradition, particularly around its formation," Grigor added.