He won six NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls and dominated the sport in the nineties. Michael Jordan’s story will be shared as part of ESPN and Netflix’s ten part documentary series ‘The Last Dance’.
Directed by Jason Hehir, who also directed HBO’s ‘Andre The Giant’ documentary, it sees Jordan agree to sit for the first time in a long form documentary about his illustrious career. The initial premiere date in June has been pushed forward to this weekend.
Director Hehir suggested that Michael Jordan may have been persuaded after recurring questions over his status as the greatest of all time.
“It’s no small coincidence that around the time that he agreed to participate, the Golden State Warriors were in the midst of a 73-win season, which beat the Bulls 72-10 season by one game, LeBron James was in the midst of a championship season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and all of a sudden a discussion was starting to arise, ‘Is LeBron as good as Michael, is Michael the greatest, is there a conversation to be had now?’,” Hehir said.
Providing an encompassing look at his life, it begins with a glance at his childhood, followed by the chaotic circumstances surrounding the Chicago Bulls when he arrived and how the team rose to lift its first NBA Championship.
According to Hehir, never before seen footage of the 1997/98 season is the driving force behind the series. In Autumn 1997, Jordan, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson agreed to let an NBA Entertainment film crew follow the team for the full season to get up close and personal footage.
“That footage was the driving force of the entire project,” said Hehir. “Without that footage, I’m not discussing this film. It’s such a mammoth story to tell that you need a lens with which to tell it. That footage provides the perfect lens.”
Watch the trailer below:
Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein