HBO Sports, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries and Fuqua Films are in production on the feature documentary The Day Sports Stood Still, the story of the unprecedented sports shutdown that began this past March.
Emmy-winning director Antoine Fuqua (pictured center; HBO’s What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali) will chronicle the abrupt stoppage, athletes’ role in the cultural reckoning on racial injustices that escalated during the pandemic and the complex return to competition in the summer and fall.
Fuqua serves as producer; Grazer (left) and Justin Wilkes are producing for Imagine Documentaries, with Howard on board as executive producer. Sara Bernstein and Marc Gilbar are also executive producing for Imagine Documentaries.
The film is slated to premiere next year on HBO and HBO Max.
At the center of the film will be the first-person account of NBA All-Star and NBA Players Association president, Chris Paul (right).
An executive producer on the project, Paul, the point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, will relive his entire experience from being in the middle of the first game to be stopped on March 11, 2020 against the Utah Jazz, to suddenly living in quarantine, to his crucial role in helping re-open the NBA safely through playing in “the bubble.”
With additional interviews largely conducted remotely, the documentary features everyone from an NFL Super Bowl champion who volunteers in the ER, to a defending WNBA champ who decides to sit out the 2020 season to focus on protesting racial injustice.
The Day Sports Stood Still is produced in association with Waffle Iron Entertainment and Paul’s Ohh Dip!!! Productions.
The project joins a number in the works from Imagine Documentaries, including a music competition series for CBS in partnership with SyCo Entertainment and a supermodel docuseries at Apple TV+ with Barbara Kopple.