Academy Award winner Alex Gibney‘s Jigsaw Productions will team with Black Bar Mitzvah and Nike’s Waffle Iron Entertainment to produce Sue Bird: In the Clutch, a portrait of the WNBA superstar and five-time Olympic gold medalist as she prepares to not-quite-retire after a nearly two-decade career on the court.
Recruited to the WNBA’s Seattle Storm in 2002, Bird went on to set multiple records and milestones, including racking up four WNBA championships across three different decades, becoming the all-time leader in games and minutes played, and continuing to lead the league in career assists and turnovers.
The doc project comes on the heels of the 41-year-old Bird’s announcement that she would return for the 2022 WNBA season, which is scheduled to begin on May 6. This will mark Bird’s 21st season with the Storm.
In the Clutch will include footage from Bird’s 2021 WNBA season as well as the Tokyo Olympics, where she helped lead Team USA to a gold-medal win over host nation Japan. The doc will also feature intimate interviews with Bird; her fiancée, professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe; her Olympic teammate and fellow WNBA legend Diane Taurasi; and a host of other pro athletes and celebrities who will comment on both her legacy as an athlete and as an advocate for equality and social justice.
“The life of a female athlete, and specifically a women’s basketball player, is an unknown for most people,” Bird said. “The good news is that’s starting to change, and even though I’m generally a private person, I hope this glimpse into my life can be a part of that change.”
“We’re excited to give this once-in-a-generation athlete the send-off she deserves,” Gibney said. “It’s an amazing opportunity to explore the impact of Sue and the wider WNBA — not just on the game of basketball, but on social justice, activism and women in sports.”
The doc will be directed by Sarah Dowland, who previously served as showrunner for Gibney’s 2018 docuseries Enemies: The President, Justice & the FBI, and produced by Dowland and Svetlana Zill. Ryan Ruocco and Lindsay Kagawa Colas serve as executive producers, along with Stacey Offman and Richard Perello for Jigsaw, and Jay Ellis and Aaron Bergman for Black Bar Mitzvah.