Director Spike Lee is teaming with Colin Kaepernick for a docuseries about the former NFL quarterback’s life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
ESPN Films announced that Lee would use never-before-seen footage from Kaepernick’s archive to provide “a full, first-person account of his journey,” The Associated Press reported.
Lee will direct and produce the project, which is part of a deal Kaepernick and his Ra Vision Media signed with ESPN parent company Disney in 2020. Former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill is also a producer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kaepernick, 34, led the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans against the Baltimore Ravens after the 2013 season. He threw for 302 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score, but the 49ers lost 34-31.
Kaepernick has not played pro football since 2016, the year he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, the AP reported. He has yet to receive another pro contract, despite the NFL encouraging teams to look at the quarterback.
The multi-part documentary will feature Kaepernick giving “a full, first-person account of his journey,” which includes growing up as the mixed-race son of white adoptive parents, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It also will focus on his college and pro career and his eventual release.
Kaepernick’s early life was chronicled in the Netflix series “Colin in Black and White,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Lee and ESPN Films have worked together before, collaborating on the 2009 documentary about the late Lakers star Kobe Bryant, “Kobe Doin’ Work,” which followed the NBA legend over a single day during the 2007-08 NBA season.
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