Tom Brady to Get His Own ‘The Last Dance’ Documentary as ESPN Reveals ‘Man in the Arena’ Will Air in 2021


Tom Brady will quickly be a part of Michael Jordan within the pantheon of American sports activities icons having their very own documentary. On Thursday, ESPN introduced {that a} documentary in regards to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback’s profession is in manufacturing and set to air in 2021.

Like The Last Dance, ESPN’s 10-part documentary chronicling Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls which ended on Sunday, Man within the Arena will characteristic first-hand accounts of the essential moments in Brady’s profession.

The nine-part documentary will chart the 42-year-old’s journey from sixth-round decide within the 2000 NFL Draft to turning into arguably the best quarterback within the historical past of soccer. It will embody every of Brady’s 9 journeys to the Super Bowl, which returned a report six rings.

At the time of writing, ESPN had not confirmed who will characteristic within the documentary. A bunch of Jordan’s former teammates and adversaries featured in The Last Dance, together with former Chicago Bulls head coaches Doug Collins and Phil Jackson, group proprietor Jerry Reinsdorf, and numerous members of the media.

Similarly, the producers didn’t specify whether or not the documentary will cowl Brady’s departure from New England in March, when he left the Patriots after 20 years to change into a free agent and signal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Should ESPN observe the identical method it adopted for The Last Dance, nonetheless, viewers can anticipate Patriots coach Bill Belichick and group proprietor Robert Kraft to characteristic in Man within the Arena, which is produced by Gotham Chopra’s Religion of Sports.

“Nine Super Bowl appearances over the course of 20 years is an achievement on an unmatched level,” Connor Schell, government vice chairman of content material at ESPN, mentioned in a press release.

“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.

“Gotham Chopra is a extremely expert filmmaker who I’m assured will carry to life this story of an icon in a brand new and revealing approach.”

The documentary is co-produced by Brady’s recently formed 199 Productions company.

“Through the sequence, we’re defining the important thing moments and challenges that had been seemingly insurmountable, however via exhausting work and perseverance, turned career-defining triumphs, in each victory and defeat,” the quarterback said.

“This compelling and highly effective present will entertain, encourage and have you ever on the sting of your seat. We cannot wait to share it with the world.”

The decision to include Brady’s company as a co-producer could leave the documentary open to criticism, as was the case for The Last Dance, which some have accused of not delivering the kind of tell-all, no-holds-barred TV that was expected.

Last month, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told The Wall Street Journal that the fact Jordan’s company Jump 23 and the NBA were involved in the production was “not the way you do good journalism.”

Jordan’s former teammates Horace Grant and Scottie Pippen have both criticized their portrayal in the documentary.

During an interview with ESPN 1000’s Kap and Co radio show on Tuesday, the former claimed “90 p.c of the documentary was b******t” and that it had been edited to make Jordan look better.

A day later, Kap and Co host David Kaplan said Pippen was “past furious” at his portrayal in the documentary.

“He [Pippen] is so offended at Michael [Jordan] and the way he was portrayed, known as egocentric, known as this, known as that, that he is livid that he participated and didn’t notice what he was getting himself into,” Kaplan said.

Tom Brady to Get His Own 'The Last Dance' Documentary as ESPN Reveals 'Man in the Arena' Will Air in 2021
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots runs in the direction of the bench earlier than the AFC Wild Card Playoff sport in opposition to the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January four in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Brady left New England after 20 years final month to signal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Maddie Meyer/Getty