A new documentary series about the life and career of the great Lakers Erwin “Magic” Johnson is coming to Apple TV +.
The four-part documentary, announced Thursday, captures two NBA Hall of Fame achievements on and off the court. The series, directed by Rick Famuyiva (“Doping”), follows Johnson’s upbringing in Lansing, Michigan, through his career in the Los Angeles Championship, as well as his activism in the fight against HIV / AIDS.
Johnson, the No. 1 NBA draft pick of the 1997 season, played for the Lakers for 13 seasons. In addition to winning five NBA championships, his basketball career includes winning gold at the 1992 Olympics with the US Dream Team. Johnson also served briefly as president of the Lakers basketball.
Johnson became an advocate of HIV / AIDS education and research after he announced his HIV positive status in November 1991. During his playing career, Johnson also became a successful businessman and is part of a group of investors who bought the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles clubs. Sparks.
Originally conceived as a feature film by XTR and New Slate Ventures, the project boasts never-before-seen footage and interviews with Johnson and others to “offer an unprecedented look at one of the greatest athletes of all time,” he said. announcement.
Editor Dirk Westervelt (“Ford v Ferrari”) and cinematographer Rachel Morrison (“Black Panther”) have also been featured on the series, which is co-producing with H. Wood Media and Delirio Films. A premiere date has yet to be announced.