Posts Tagged ‘Documentary’

ESPN is releasing a two-hour E60 documentary titled “Unrivaled” that will chronicle the fierce rivalry between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The premiere date is not yet known but will be sometime in June.

The documentary will feature interviews from Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Patrick Roy, Adam Foote, Mike Ricci, Marc Crawford, Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Mike Vernon, Kris Draper, Darren McCarty, Vladimir Konstantinov, and Scotty Bowman.

The Avalanche and Red Wings met in the playoffs five times between 1996 and 2002 and combined to win five Stanley Cups during that seven-year span.

The rivalry took off in the 1996 Western Conference Final when Claude Lemieux broke Draper’s jaw and orbital bone with a hit from behind into the boards. The two teams engaged in one of the most famous brawls in NHL history the following season.

WWE’s expanded partnership with A&E will involve a documentary on the era-defining D-Generation X stable, which is already in production.

DX stalwart and current AEW wrestler and coach Billy Gunn broke the news during a recent appearance on The Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast, stating that the doc had more to do with A&E than WWE, and that AEW founder and president Tony Khan was okay with it:

“I don’t know if I can plug it, but there’s a DX documentary coming out. I don’t know if I am supposed to say that, but I guess it’s too late now. Tony is really good about that, he’s not that kind of guy, he really isn’t. He’s a great guy to work for. They approached me, and of course, I went straight to him and everything that they did, it was okay. It’s an A&E thing, not really a WWE thing, so I don’t say it’s that, it’s for A&E because that was what they told me. It was all run through us so it’s not like I did anything behind anyone’s back. But, it’ll be pretty cool, I think it’s more of a look into what we are doing now. Of course, they’re going to talk about what we did.”

Fightful Select have since reported that A&E captured “a ton” of footage while interviewing DX members (including Gunn and Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman) for this and other documentaries.

WWE and A&E announced the renewal of their partnership earlier in March. Over 130 hours of original content will be produced as part of the agreement, with new episodes of ‘Biographies’, ‘WWE Legends’, and more airing exclusively on A&E.

A&E operates as a joint 50/50 venture between Hearst Communications and Disney. Its first run of WWE shows debuted last April, when wrestlers such as ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Roddy Piper, and Bret Hart were featured on ‘Biographies.’

Scottie Pippen has issues with “The Last Dance.”

After making it known last year that he wasn’t pleased with the docuseries, Pippen continues to air out his grievances with it – and former Chicago Bulls teammate Michael Jordan – in his new memoir, “Unguarded.”

GQ shared an excerpt from the upcoming book, in which Pippen criticized his episode of “The Last Dance” and accused Jordan of being condescending.

“Even in the second episode, which focused for a while on my difficult upbringing and unlikely path to the NBA, the narrative returned to MJ and his determination to win,” Pippen wrote. “I was nothing more than a prop. His ‘best teammate of all time,’ he called me. He couldn’t have been more condescending if he tried.”

Pippen went on to point out that while Jordan received millions for his role in the documentary, his Bulls teammates “didn’t earn a dime.” Pippen also said he spoke to several former teammates who, like him, felt disrespected by the documentary.

“Each episode was the same: Michael on a pedestal, his teammates secondary, smaller, the message no different from when he referred to us back then as his ‘supporting cast,'” he wrote. “From one season to the next, we received little or no credit whenever we won but the bulk of the criticism when we lost. Michael could shoot 6-for-24 from the field, commit five turnovers, and he was still, in the minds of the adoring press and public, the Errorless Jordan.”

“Unguarded” releases on Nov. 9.

Shaquille O’Neal will be the subject of an upcoming documentary series.

O’Neal revealed on Thursday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that he has a documentary in the works with “Friday Night Lights” director Peter Berg.

“I’m actually working on it right now. … It’s a four-part series,” O’Neal said.

O’Neal didn’t share any details about the documentary’s subject matter, but he said he’s giving Berg full access and they’ll be including never-before-seen footage.

The Hall of Famer has shared his life on screen before, appearing in the 2005 ESPN reality series “Shaquille” and the documentary series “Shaq Life,” which premiered last year.

Derek Jeter is getting his own documentary.

The New York Yankees legend and Hall of Famer is the focus of an ESPN Films production titled “The Captain” that will come out in 2022, the broadcasting company announced Tuesday.

The multi-part doc will be about the shortstop’s 20-year career with the Yankees, which included five World Series titles. The film will also touch on the 14-time All-Star’s life off the field, his role as a team owner and executive with the Miami Marlins after retirement, and his journey into Cooperstown.

ESPN Films, the creators of “The Last Dance” doc that focused on Michael Jordan, will team up with Emmy-winning director Randy Wilkins on the Jeter project.

Director Spike Lee is also one of the executive producers involved.

This evening John Cena took to social media to praise The Miz’s WWE 24 documentary.

In his below tweet, Cena called Miz, “the hardest worker” he knows. He also called him an inspiration.

He wrote, “WATCH THIS NOW. @mikethemiz IS the definition of both passion and perseverance. Underrated only in the eyes of ignorance. THE hardest worker I know. An inspiration to me and proof that REAL success takes earning every inch. Awesome doesn’t NOT do you justice. #Respect” 

A few days ago, Cena celebrated his 44th birthday. He also recently published a new motivational book, “Be a Work in Progress: And Other Things I’d Like to Tell My Younger Self.”

WWE 24: The Miz is now available on-demand on Peacock in the U.S. (WWE Network everywhere else).

The new WWE Untold documentary on WWE Hall of Famers Shawn Michaels and Diesel (Kevin Nash) has been announced.

“WWE Untold: Two Dudes with Attitudes” will premiere on the WWE Network and Peacock on Sunday, May 2.

The doc will tell the inside story of Diesel and HBK’s influential partnership, from their formation in 1993 when Michaels saw something in a young Nash.

WWE noted that the documentary will feature Nash and Michaels sitting down to reveal how their time together included not only lessons for the ring, but for life outside the ring as well. The episode will also feature interviews with author David Shoemaker and WWE Executive Director Bruce Prichard.

Michaels tweeted on the premiere and wrote, “This will be a fun watch! @peacockTV”

The next WWE Network documentary to premiere will be the WWE 24 special on The Miz, which premieres this coming Sunday.

The Wrestling Observer are reporting that WWE has already started shooting footage for a new documentary looking at the life and career of Davey Boy Smith.

Dave Meltzer claims that a “WWE representative” attended GCW’s Bloodsport event this past weekend to film footage for the doc. The British Bulldog’s son (Davey Boy Smith Jr) competed against IMPACT’s Josh Alexander on the card.

Bulldog passed away in 2002 aged just 39, and it took until 2020 before WWE felt comfortable enough to induct him into the Hall Of Fame. Of course, that ceremony never actually took place due to the ongoing pandemic, so there’s still a call to honour Smith.

A documentary charting his remarkable career would be a nice start.

Bulldog would be a great subject for some in-depth filmmaking from the WWE Network crew. The sensitivity surrounding Smith’s heavy drug use might make it tricky, but WWE has repeatedly shown it can handle grim topics in other Network docs without going overboard.

There’s no reason to suspect they’d do anything other than properly pay tribute to Davey without smudging the facts behind his well-publicised substance abuse issues.

The Observer didn’t specify when the doc will launch, but stay tuned.

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WWE is currently working on a new WWE 24 documentary for WWE Champion Drew McIntyre.

McIntyre spoke with Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT earlier today and revealed that the company is in the process of filming and producing the doc.

The special will focus on Drew’s big title win over Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36 earlier this year.

There’s no word yet on when Drew’s WWE 24 doc will premiere on the WWE Network, but we will keep you updated

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Chris Paul is working on a documentary about the coronavirus pandemic forcing the sports world to a halt.

Paul shared a few details about the project on Wednesday’s episode of The Player’s Tribune’s “Knuckleheads” podcast. He also reflected on learning the NBA was suspending the season just prior to tipoff of the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s March 11 game against the Utah Jazz.

“It was crazy, man,” Paul said. “I’m doing a documentary about it … like a movie about the sports stop with Antoine Fuqua and Brian Grazer. We doing a whole thing about that, like getting perspectives from athletes of what happened.

“Man, listen, I ain’t never seen nothing like it. Never seen nothing like it. And you know, we can talk about all the different stuff I’ve been through. I’ve been through the Knicks trade, Hurricane Katrina, (Donald) Sterling stuff. All that, and then, boom. ‘You said come back to the locker room? What’s going on, what’s happening? When you starting the game?’ Like that, that right there, that was different.”

The NBA is set to resume play later this month with a series of scrimmages followed by the restart of the regular season. The Thunder’s first scrimmage game will be against the Boston Celtics on July 24.