ESPN’s docuseries “The Last Dance” on Michael Jordan and the ’98 Chicago Bulls was an enormous success for the community, averaging 5.65 million viewers throughout its 10 episodes.
So maybe it ought to come as no shock that the community has green-lit one other multi-part sequence on one other legendary champion and, like Jordan, arguably the best to play his explicit sport, Tom Brady.
ESPN revealed the trailer to the nine-part sequence, titled “Man In The Arena’’ on the former Patriots and current Buccaneers quarterback, slated to air sometime in 2021, Thursday afternoon.
I have quoted Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech since I noticed it painted on our weight room wall at UM in 1995. It’s a continuing reminder to disregard the noise, buckle my chinstrap, and battle by way of no matter comes my means.
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— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 21, 2020
Produced by Gotham Chopra’s Religion of Sports and Brady’s lately fashioned 199 Productions, the sequence will share Brady’s accounts of the most important moments in his profession. The sequence’ 9 components equals the variety of Super Bowls Brady performed in throughout his 20 seasons in New England.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Tom Brady as he reflects on each of those nine season-long journeys and the pivotal moments that defined them,’’ added Schell, who was an executive producer of “The Last Dance.” “Gotham Chopra is a highly skilled filmmaker who I am confident will bring to life this story of an icon in a new and revealing way.”
Brady and Chopra have a historical past of collaboration. Brady is a producer of Chopra’s “Religion of Sports” sequence. They additionally labored collectively on the Facebook Watch sequence “Tom vs. Time” in 2018. Brady can also be a topic of an episode in Chopra’s upcoming short-form sequence “The Greatness Code,’’ which will run on Apple TV+.
The trailer does not spark the anticipation that the revelation of the Jordan doc did, but that’s understandable. The Jordan doc aired 22 years after his final game with the Bulls, and much of the footage had never been seen before, giving it extra weight. Jordan was also strikingly candid.
In the trailer, Brady talks about his evolution to football greatness in basic terms.
“Realizing my potential has been what my career has been all about. Things that I have dreamed about that have actually come true. Things have happened in my life as I kind of hoped they would happen,’’ says Brady in the trailer, as photos from his playing days, personal life, and stock footage of nature fill the screen.
“It’s been, I mean, just a complete evolution, you know, how I just kept fighting and clawing to continue to power forward. You just keep putting one foot in front of the other. And you just try to keep making progress. So when I look at over 20 years, I look at how far I’ve come. But there’s not one step that I took where I realized, ‘Look how far I’ve come. But those series of steps that I’ve put together, I go, ‘Wow, man, that’s quite … that’s quite a journey.”
Brady was selectively insightful throughout the “Tom vs. Time” sequence, and this sequence is certain to attract robust scores. But the final word measure of “Man In The Arena” will rely upon how a lot he reveals that we don’t already learn about that journey.