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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:54 pm    Post subject: Report: Michael Jordan, NBA shopping 10 hour Jordan documentary

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Report: Michael Jordan, NBA shopping 10-hour Jordan documentary

Would you watch a 10-hour, authorized, full-access Michael Jordan documentary? Stupid question, of course you would. We all would.

Which leads to the next question: How much would a network — ESPN, HBO, Fox, etc. — be willing to pay for such a documentary? Does $20 million sound about right?

The idea is well beyond the formative stages and is being shopped around, reports Richard Johnson at the New York Post (hat tip Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie).

The NBA and CAA (Creative Artists Agency) are shopping a 10-hour authorized documentary about Jordan. Production has not yet started, but the film will mostly be about His Airness’ comeback in the late ’90s (after his stint playing baseball), when he won three of his six championship rings.

The producing team is led by Mike Tollin, who spearheaded ESPN’s acclaimed “30 for 30” series and is partners with Peter Guber in Mandalay Sports Media. The project has been pitched to ESPN, Showtime, HBO and Fox Sports, and Jordan’s reps are looking for a deal somewhere north of $20 million.

Michael Jordan remains a captivating story and draw — his name still sells shoes, books, underwear, pretty much anything it’s attached to. He is now the primary owner of the Charlotte Hornets, but his business interests run far and wide.

And as we can tell you from the buzz around his 50th birthday recently, there is still plenty of people who want to read, watch, and know all things Jordan. The team putting this together is a good one, the kind of team that is not going to let this become a PR puff piece — there are difficult questions around Jordan that need to be part of a documentary, that need to be addressed. They can’t gloss over the gambling allegations, the punching of teammates and more.

As a side note, if you want to know Michael Jordan’s story well, read Roland Lazenby’s fantastic biography “Michael Jordan: The Life.”
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 2:10 pm    Post subject:

I'll make sure to skip this one I have no interest in reliving him stepping over the Pacers....

https://www.si.com/nba/2018/05/15/michael-jordan-docuseries-netflix-espn

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10-Hour Michael Jordan Documentary Coming In 2019

Netflix and ESPN Films are teaming up to produce a documentary series about Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, ESPN and Netflix announced Tuesday. The film will premiere in 2019.

The multi-part 10-hour documentary will be released next year and will be titled “The Last Dance." It is expected to pull from 500 hour of never-before-seen-footage from the 1997-98 championship season.

The "Last Dance" will be directed by Jason Hehir, who helmed “Andre the Giant” for HBO and also 30 for 30 series, "The Fab Five" and “The ‘85 Bears." Jordan will be a full participant in the documentary.



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Jordan, 55, is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player ever. He was a six-time NBA champion, a six–time NBA Finals MVP, a five–time regular season MVP and a 14–time NBA All-Star.

The docuseries “will have the full participation of Jordan and other key figures from the Bulls’ championship teams of the 1990s, as well as dozens of other luminaries from basketball and beyond,” ESPN and Netflix said in a joint release.

Jordan has been the owner of the Charlotte Hornets since 2010.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 2:46 pm    Post subject:

I’m not sure that there would be ten hours of interesting material.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 12:27 pm    Post subject:

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I'll make sure to skip this one I have no interest in reliving him stepping over the Pacers....

https://www.si.com/nba/2018/05/15/michael-jordan-docuseries-netflix-espn

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10-Hour Michael Jordan Documentary Coming In 2019

Netflix and ESPN Films are teaming up to produce a documentary series about Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, ESPN and Netflix announced Tuesday. The film will premiere in 2019.

The multi-part 10-hour documentary will be released next year and will be titled “The Last Dance." It is expected to pull from 500 hour of never-before-seen-footage from the 1997-98 championship season.

The "Last Dance" will be directed by Jason Hehir, who helmed “Andre the Giant” for HBO and also 30 for 30 series, "The Fab Five" and “The ‘85 Bears." Jordan will be a full participant in the documentary.



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Jordan, 55, is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player ever. He was a six-time NBA champion, a six–time NBA Finals MVP, a five–time regular season MVP and a 14–time NBA All-Star.

The docuseries “will have the full participation of Jordan and other key figures from the Bulls’ championship teams of the 1990s, as well as dozens of other luminaries from basketball and beyond,” ESPN and Netflix said in a joint release.

Jordan has been the owner of the Charlotte Hornets since 2010.


?? you from indiana or something?
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 3:34 pm    Post subject:

I doubt we'd watch the special at our house, be it a one or ten hour version. Out here in NC, for many of us the Jordan story is very public one already, which long ago morphed from the one of a obsessively competitive and successful sports figure. He is an uncomfortably-looking overweight guy, a rather clumsy leader and poor judge of talent, if also unimaginative yet deeply committed as an NBA franchise owner. Not a tasty story worth a second viewing.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 3:55 pm    Post subject:

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I'll make sure to skip this one I have no interest in reliving him stepping over the Pacers....

https://www.si.com/nba/2018/05/15/michael-jordan-docuseries-netflix-espn

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10-Hour Michael Jordan Documentary Coming In 2019

Netflix and ESPN Films are teaming up to produce a documentary series about Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, ESPN and Netflix announced Tuesday. The film will premiere in 2019.

The multi-part 10-hour documentary will be released next year and will be titled “The Last Dance." It is expected to pull from 500 hour of never-before-seen-footage from the 1997-98 championship season.

The "Last Dance" will be directed by Jason Hehir, who helmed “Andre the Giant” for HBO and also 30 for 30 series, "The Fab Five" and “The ‘85 Bears." Jordan will be a full participant in the documentary.



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Jordan, 55, is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player ever. He was a six-time NBA champion, a six–time NBA Finals MVP, a five–time regular season MVP and a 14–time NBA All-Star.

The docuseries “will have the full participation of Jordan and other key figures from the Bulls’ championship teams of the 1990s, as well as dozens of other luminaries from basketball and beyond,” ESPN and Netflix said in a joint release.

Jordan has been the owner of the Charlotte Hornets since 2010.


?? you from indiana or something?


Yes I am grew up in Bulls country but hate them.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 6:18 pm    Post subject:

70sdude wrote:
I doubt we'd watch the special at our house, be it a one or ten hour version. Out here in NC, for many of us the Jordan story is very public one already, which long ago morphed from the one of a obsessively competitive and successful sports figure. He is an uncomfortably-looking overweight guy, a rather clumsy leader and poor judge of talent, if also unimaginative yet deeply committed as an NBA franchise owner. Not a tasty story worth a second viewing.


It sounds like the plan is to focus on MJ's last season with the Bulls. I'm sure that there is some good stuff to cover. I just can't imagine 10 hours worth.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 7:26 pm    Post subject:

Already saw "Michael Jordan to the Max" via Imax back in the day, not feeling the need to sit through 10 hours of the same stories. He can shop that doc all he wants, but that mystique isn't what it used to be. As much as I enjoyed the Bulls run in the 90s, the "post-retirement" days of the Crying Jordan and Sleepin' Phil era have been as enjoyable as a migraine.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 9:27 pm    Post subject:

hour 1: replay loop of the ewing dunk

hour 2: the evil of david falk

hour 3: how nike cajoled an entire generation of manchildren into buying his expensive toy shoes

hour 4: baseball

hour 5: jordan's HOF speech and still shots of his new girlfriend

hours 6-10: ??????? kill me
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:19 pm    Post subject:

https://nba.nbcsports.com/2020/03/31/michael-jordan-documentary-april-espn/

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ESPN moving up Michael Jordan documentary to April


ESPN threw cold water on hopes its 10-part Michael Jordan documentary on Jordan and the Bulls, originally scheduled for June, would premiere early with the sports world lacking content due to the coronavirus.

Apparently, that was a misdirect.

ESPN release:

Today it was announced that the premiere of “The Last Dance,” the highly anticipated 10-part documentary series will air on ESPN in the U.S. on Sunday nights over five weeks from April 19 through May 17. The series will also be available outside of the U.S. on Netflix.

The series, directed by Jason Hehir (“The Fab Five,” “The ’85 Bears,” “Andre the Giant”), chronicles one of the greatest icons and most successful teams in sports history, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, and features never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season as the team pursued its sixth NBA championship in eight years.

ESPN statement: “As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world to escape and enjoy a collective experience. We’ve heard the calls from fans asking us to move up the release date for this series, and we’re happy to announce that we’ve been able to accelerate the production schedule to do just that. This project celebrates one of the greatest players and dynasties ever, and we hope it can serve as a unifying entertainment experience to fill the role that sports often play in our lives, telling a story that will captivate everyone, not just sports fans.”

In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson agreed to let an NBA Entertainment film crew follow the team all season long. The result would be a remarkable portrait of an iconic player and a celebrated team – a portrait only now being revealed, more than two decades later, in “The Last Dance.”

As the series weaves its way through the tumultuous 1997-98 season, viewers will be transported back to how it all began – from Jordan’s childhood roots, the Bulls’ dire circumstances before his arrival and how the team was built after drafting him in 1984, to the struggles that eventually led to the team’s first NBA championship. As the series takes the audience through the Bulls’ first five championships, viewers will experience the off-court challenges, struggles and triumphs that were a part of the culture-shifting phenomenon created by Jordan and the Bulls.

It’s an unlikely scenario that serves as a fascinating backdrop for the inside tale of the 1998 championship run, with extensive profiles of Jordan’s key teammates including Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Steve Kerr, head coach Phil Jackson, and featuring dozens of current-day interviews with rivals and luminaries from basketball and beyond. All throughout, the tension and conflict that defined that final championship run are very much on display.

“Michael Jordan and the ‘90s Bulls weren’t just sports superstars, they were a global phenomenon,” said director Jason Hehir. “Making ‘The Last Dance’ was an incredible opportunity to explore the extraordinary impact of one man and one team. For nearly three years, we searched far and wide to present the definitive story of an era-defining dynasty and to present these sports heroes as humans. I hope viewers enjoy watching our series as much as we enjoyed the opportunity to make it.”

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Sunday, April 19

9 p.m. ET – Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 1

10 p.m. ET – Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 2

Sunday, April 26

7 p.m. ET – Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 1

8 p.m. ET – Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 2

9 p.m. ET – Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 3

10 p.m. ET – Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 4

Sunday, May 3

7 p.m. ET – Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 3

8 p.m. ET – Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 4

9 p.m. ET – Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 5

10 p.m. ET – Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 6

Sunday, May 10

7 p.m. ET – Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 5

8 p.m. ET – Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 6

9 p.m. ET – Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 7

10 p.m. ET – Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 8

Sunday, May 17

7 p.m. ET – Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 7

8 p.m. ET – Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 8

9 p.m. ET – Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 9

10 p.m. ET – Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 10

NETFLIX (outside of the U.S.)

Monday, April 20 – 12:01 a.m. PT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 1 and 2

Monday, April 27 – 12:01 a.m. PT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 3 and 4

Monday, May 4 – 12:01 a.m. PT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 5 and 6

Monday, May 11 – 12:01 a.m. PT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 7 and 8

Monday, May 18 – 12:01 a.m. PT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 9 and 10

This is welcome news, but April 19 for the Michael Jordan documentary is still a ways off. The wait is about as long as the NBA has already been on hiatus.

In the meantime, NBC Sports Chicago has a fantastic feature on Michael Jordan’s 1995 comeback.
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hour 1: replay loop of the ewing dunk

hour 2: the evil of david falk

hour 3: how nike cajoled an entire generation of manchildren into buying his expensive toy shoes

hour 4: baseball

hour 5: jordan's HOF speech and still shots of his new girlfriend

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:09 pm    Post subject:

All I can tell you is that I closely watched that 97 team and I've never, other than the Shaq-Kobe run in the playoffs in 01, seen a team play so well together. They had a strategy....come out early and punch them in the mouth, let them think they have a chance at halftime, them body slam their opponent in the 3rd quarter and rest MJ and/or Pippen in the 4th quarter. They were a wel-oiled machine.The 87 Lakers were pretty dang good too.
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How ‘The Last Dance’ Michael Jordan documentary started with an idea in 1997


The year was 1997. Andy Thompson had an idea. Adam Silver liked his plan.

Neither had any clue what they concocted.

The ESPN and Netflix documentary “The Last Dance” — the story based around Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls — premieres Sunday night with the first two episodes of the 10-part series. And the images from that season exist because of the notion that Thompson had and Silver, now the NBA commissioner but then the person in charge of NBA Entertainment, helped arrange.

Thompson, who already had been working at NBA Entertainment for about a decade, suggested embedding a crew with the Bulls. Silver made some phone calls. They were off and running.

“It’s almost hard to understate how famous Michael was and how popular this Bulls team was,” Silver told The Associated Press. “And so, Andy’s view was, ‘We need to find a way to capture this team in its glory.’ And there were no such things as multi-part documentaries on sports on television back then.”

But there had been some examples of the storytelling that Thompson — the brother of former NBA player Mychal Thompson, the uncle of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson — was pitching to Silver. Specifically, Thompson was moved by the tale of the 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers, a video called “The Boys On The Bus,” which chronicled a season with Wayne Gretzky and the eventual Stanley Cup champions.

“No one in the NBA had ever done this,” Andy Thompson said. “And you’re not just doing this with a run of the mill NBA team. You’re doing this with the greatest player in the history of the game in Michael Jordan, who was very protective of his image and his privacy.”

He got to know Jordan a bit while working at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. He had worked closely with Ahmad Rashad, a Jordan confidant, through “NBA Inside Stuff,” a show Rashad hosted. And Andy Thompson knew Jordan once idolized his brother, so much so that he wore puka shell necklaces and once scribbled his name on a notebook as “Mychal Jordan” until his mother saw it and wasn’t pleased.

“Because of his respect and admiration for my brother, obviously, Michael and I connected,” Andy Thompson said.

Silver approached Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf first, then had to convince then-coach Phil Jackson — who also agreed, albeit with some conditions that if he didn’t want the crew around at certain times they would give him space. And in the end, Jordan had to sign off as well.

Silver also made the financial aspect work, running that part past then-Commissioner David Stern. The project had plenty of other people involved and was costly; high-definition video used today didn’t exist at that time, but Thompson had already made the decision to chronicle the season on very costly, high-quality film.

“I’ll take David’s quote and apply it to Andy,” Silver said. “Andy had an unlimited budget, then he exceeded it.”

Thompson’s crew shot hundreds of hours of film. They knew every trick; if cigar smoke was in the air, it meant Jordan was nearby. The crew captured him one day in the locker room, cigar in his mouth, baseball bat in his hand. Another interview that Thompson won’t forget is one with guard Steve Kerr, who escaped to the shower area and was seated alone before what became the final game of the season.

Having a brother in the NBA had familiarized Thompson with locker-room culture, when to push, when to back off.

“When to shut up, when to be a fly on the wall,” Thompson said. “That gave me a huge advantage in dealing with players. I wasn’t afraid, I wasn’t intimidated. I could speak their language, so I could develop relationships quicker because of that. And that’s what helped me navigate the course of the season because access didn’t just happen overnight. There was a feeling out process for us and the team and the team for us.”

The footage, until it was unearthed for this project, had been locked in a vault at NBA Entertainment. Silver said many people — Spike Lee, Danny DeVito and more — expressed interest in putting together the documentary over the years and that it became a running joke between he and Jordan if it would ever be seen.

Nearly a quarter-century later, the big moment has finally arrived.

“We made it happen, but I would only say in all seriousness, this would not have happened if we had a specific project budget,” Silver said. “We would have had a zero under revenue and a large number under expense. I think it was more a gut feeling we had that it was our obligation to do this and we would spend what was necessary to capture what we knew was one of the greatest athletes and one of the greatest teams of all time.”
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:41 pm    Post subject:

Great 2 episodes.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:17 pm    Post subject:

Lakerfan 4 Life wrote:
Great 2 episodes.


I missed it. Any idea where I can watch it ?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:12 pm    Post subject:

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Lakerfan 4 Life wrote:
Great 2 episodes.


I missed it. Any idea where I can watch it ?


If you have ESPN it will air 1000x over, Its probably OnDemand if you have Comcast and its also available on Netflix.
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“I walk in and practically the whole team was in there. And it was like, things I’ve never seen in my life, you know, as a young kid. You got your lines over here, you got your weed smokers over here, you got your women over here. So the first thing I said, ‘look man, I’m out.’ Because all I can think about is if they come and raid this place, right about now, I am just as guilty as everyone else that’s in this room. And from that point on, I was more or less on my own.”


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