The debut of ESPN kick-starting their venture into films have joined hands with Netflix to release their long time documentary on iconic basketball star Michael Jordan as “Last Dance” on April 19th, 2020.
Though it was waiting for the perfect time of release it is set to come out much before than anticipated. The doc has 10 parts and was supposed to be aired on ESPN on May 17th for summer but it will be available on Netflix outside the U.S from April 20.
— ESPN (@espn) March 31, 2020
The initiative was taken as live pro sports are currently off air leaving the channel and other competitors to fill in space. ESPN said that: “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.”
Besides, the NBA has canceled all the matches for this season on March 11th after the pandemic outbreak.
3 billion people are stuck at home. Would you be kind enough to release all 10 episodes of the Bulls documentary, The last dance”, earlier than June, like yesterday?
A die hard NBA fan who’s starting to lose it
— Ido Gur (@idogur) March 29, 2020
Finally some good sports news: ESPN is moving up the launch date of “The Last Dance”, the 10-part, 20-hour documentary on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, to Sunday April 19. Can’t come soon enough.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2020
— Eric Classic (@Classic1983) March 31, 2020
So, during this quarantine period, ESPN has associated with Netflix its doc to entertain fans. Apart from “Last Dance” Michael’s 1990’s sudden rise in the basketball field and the success he garnered with Chicago Bulls and fame he gained in the NBA circle will also be portrayed.
The doc is helmed by Jason Hehir and produced by Mike Tollin and the film will have 500 unseen clips of the Chicago Bulls and the final championship 1997-1998 which features Jordan.
The doc will also be produced by Mandalay Sports Media alongside NBA Entertainment and Jump23.