On the heels of Netflix’s hit basketball docuseries The Last Dance, Hulu is following suit with an expansive series of its own on the sport.
The Disney-owned streamer has picked up an untitled nine-part docuseries about the Los Angeles Lakers franchise, which is scheduled to air in 2022. Lakers’ CEO and controlling owner Jeanie Buss will executive produce the series along with director Antoine Fuqua.
Haven Entertainment’s Kevin Mann, Michael Mann and Brendan Bragg will also serve as executive producers, along with Los Angeles Media Fund’s Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman, and Lakers senior executive Linda Rambis.
Emmy Award-winning editor Jake Pushinsky and executive producer and writer Steven Leckart will also work on the series.
The series will cover the last four decades of the Lakers’ history, starting from late owner Jerry Buss’ acquisition of the team in 1979. From there, it will offer a revealing look at the legendary ‘Showtime’ Lakers dynasty of the 1980s with Magic Johnson (pictured) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the years led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal where the team won three straight championships, up to the 2020 NBA championship season led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
The series will feature interviews with more than 35 people within the organization including the Buss family, former coaches and current and former players. It will also include interviews with high-profile fans and archival footage including previously unreleased interviews with Jerry Buss.
“The Los Angeles Lakers are one of sports’ most illustrious franchises. Theirs is a history of epic highs and tragic lows, and generations of legendary players and teams who have made a profound impact, not just on the sports world, but on the culture,” said Belisa Balaban, VP of original documentaries at Hulu, in a statement.
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