The documentary on Colin Kaepernick is happening according to Spike Lee.
The director said that the documentary may be published before the football player returns to the field. “It’s his story, not the false narratives… Six years the National Football League has stopped him from playing, [but] he still gets up at 4 or 4:30 every morning to train, five to six days a week. So when that next phone call comes, he’ll be ready. He’ll be ready.”
The project so far is not named but it is slated to be a multi-episode series as part of The Walt Disney Company’s first-look deal with Kaepernick’s production company Ra Vision Media, as TheJasmineBrand reports.
It was previously reported that the two will be working closely together on the documentary to better tell Kaepernick’s story from his point of view. The series will also include interviews, and never before seen footage.
Before becoming a free agent, Kaepernick played for the San Francisco 49ers for six seasons before opting out of his contract in 2017. The decision came after he heard he was going to be released and then became a huge civil rights figure when he began to kneel during the National Anthems at the football games.
He said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
ESPN Films, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, and Jemele Hill will all be producers on this series.
Are you excited for this series to come out?