LA Lakers Documentary: The 17x NBA Champions LA Lakers announced that there will be a 9-part documentary directed by Antoine Fuqua on the franchise coming to Hulu in 2022.
The series will describe the past 4 decades of the Lakers. The Lakers are tied with the Boston Celtics with 17 NBA titles as the most successful NBA franchise.
You will hear the true stories behind your favorite franchise. Thank you @Hulu for giving us the platform to share Dr. Buss’ vision for Los Angeles and the merging of sports and entertainment. #LakersDoc https://t.co/n4NVCd0lW5
— Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) May 10, 2021
What will the documentary feature?
The 9-part documentary will feature interviews with a range of high-profile fans and never-before-seen footage featuring the Lakers’ late owner, Jerry Buss.
According to the announcement, the series will cover the past four decades of the Lakers starting with Jerry Buss purchasing the organization in 1979.
It will include new interviews from 35 people within the organization, including the Buss family, Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
It will feature in-depth looks at the “Showtime” Lakers in the 1980s, the Kobe Bryant and Shaq years in the early 2000s as well as the most contemporary title won by LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and more.
LA Lakers News: Lakers’ CEO Jeanie Buss discussed the upcoming doc featuring the run of success led by her father:
“When Dr. Buss bought the Lakers in 1979, he sat alone at center court of the Forum and thought of all the possibilities. But even in his wildest dreams, my father could not have imagined what the next decades would bring for our organization, our league, and our city of Los Angeles. I am thrilled that the true story of the Lakers will finally be shared with the world—and that we are in such capable hands with Hulu and Antoine, a director whose storytelling I’ve admired for years.“
“We are proud to bring this docuseries to the world and shed light on the legendary history of the Lakers,” said Fuqua, in association with Fuqua Films. “This expansive look into one of the greatest sports franchises of all time is a project we all feel deeply passionate about.”
“The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the 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. We are honored to join Jeanie, Antoine, and the whole creative team to bring Hulu viewers the very real inside look at the remarkable story of the rise and fall, and rise again of the Lakers,” said Belisa Balaban, VP, Original Documentaries, Hulu.
LA Lakers News: Other docuseries available on Hulu:
The series joins Hulu’s acclaimed Original documentary slate including “Hillary,” “I Am Greta,” “Minding the Gap,” “Ask Dr. Ruth” and official 2021 SXSW selections “WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn” and “Sasquatch.”
Buss and Fuqua will executive produce the series alongside Haven Entertainment’s Kevin Mann, Michael Mann, and Brendan Bragg, Los Angeles Media Fund’s (LAMF) Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman, and longtime Lakers senior executive Linda Rambis.