Magic Johnson to receive ‘The Last Dance’ treatment with new documentary
The Michael Jordan-centric “The Last Dance” became a cultural phenomenon, and it’s no surprise that producers are interested in quickly getting other similar projects in development.
The latest news on that front is that NBA legend Magic Johnson will receive “The Last Dance” treatment with a planned feature film documentary now in the works.
It was announced Thursday that XTR, H.wood Media, NSV and Delirio Films are developing a film centered around the Los Angeles Lakers legend, according to a report from Brent Lang of Variety.
The untitled documentary will include interviews with Johnson as well as archival footage from his Hall of Fame career. Filmmakers are said to have received “unprecedented access” to Johnson, and a premiere date is tentatively scheduled for some time in 2021.
“In these unprecedented times we need films that celebrate heroes more than ever,” Bryn Mooser, XTR CEO, said in a statement. “As one of the most legendary, hardworking and resilient public figures of our time, Magic Johnson’s accomplishments both on and off the court are something worth spotlighting to the world and we’re excited to tell that story and work closely with him and NSV to take viewers inside his remarkable journey.”
“Growing up, we viewed Magic Johnson not only as an NBA Legend, but as a man who transcended the sport and became one of the most celebrated and accomplished businessmen of our lifetime,” Jordan Fudge and Jeremy Allen, NSV partners, said in a statement. “We are honored that we are able to assist in bringing to life the story of a man who has opened so many doors and inspired millions.”
The focus of the still-untitled film will primarily focus on Johnson’s NBA career, but it will also cover the legend’s remarkable post-career business savvy, highlighted by his success as chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises as well as his stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers.
While the Johnson project in development won’t be exactly like “The Last Dance” given its a film instead of 10-part docuseries that allowed for a more throughout examination of Jordan’s career and impact, it obviously will still provide a compelling inside look at one of the most iconic players in NBA history.