Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated and Jerry Bruckheimer TV have secured a partnership to develop the tentatively titled Sports Illustrated: True Crime series.
Inspired by the recently launched SI True Crime investigation franchise, the long-form docuseries will look to investigate the personal stories and criminal cases of top-flight athletes.
The venture, soon to begin discussions with distribution partners, will be supported by multi-platform editorial support from SI and Time Inc.
The deal marks Time Inc.’s latest efforts in long-form programming, which has a number of projects underway including ABC’s forthcoming four-hour documentary on Diana, Princess of Wales; ABC’s People Icons; Investigation Discovery’s People Magazine Investigates; Netflix’s The Mars Generation; PBS’s Beyond a Year in Space; and virtual reality docuseries Capturing Everest.
Jerry Bruckheimer Television’s reality credits include CBS’s 10-time Emmy Award-winning reality competition series The Amazing Race.
“We are really thrilled to collaborate with Time Inc. and Sports Illustrated on what we feel is the next step in our continuing efforts to bring crime drama to the next level on television,” said Bruckheimer in a statement.