Magic Johnson Reveals Upcoming Documentaries

  • Los Angeles Lakers icon Magic Johnson announced on Thursday that he will be featured in an upcoming documentary
  • Johnson also mentioned that there will be an upcoming documentary featuring Kobe Bryant’s final NBA season
  • News comes the same day that Michael Jordan’s “The Last Dance” documentary surpassed Tiger King as most in-demand documentary in the world

It’s been quite the busy day in the NBA.

While the players remain away from the hardwood, the entertainment aspect of the business still churns forward and there were a few notable announcements stemming from that department on Thursday.

Magic Johnson Reveals Upcoming Documentary

Needless to say, NBA documentaries are in the spotlight at the moment, and it appears NBA fans can look forward to another documentary following one of the league’s all-time greats.

Magic Johnson revealed to Kevin Frazier of Entertainment Tonight that a series is in the works about his life on and off the court.

“You get the basketball part of it, but then also how I reinvented myself and how I went into business and what I’m doing today, so it will all come into this documentary,” the Lakers legend said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Johnson played 13 seasons with the Lakers, during which he won five NBA championships. He later served as the team’s president of basketball operations for two years.

Johnson also has a stake in ownership of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.

Documentary Featuring Kobe Bryant’s Final Season Coming

Magic’s documentary wasn’t the only documentary discussed during the aforementioned interview with ET as Johnson also revealed there will be an upcoming documentary featuring the final season of Kobe Bryant’s final NBA season.

“That’s definitely going to happen,” he said. “I think he was smart enough to have a camera follow him, document every movement… so we are going to see a lot of behind-the-scenes things on Kobe and probably let us into his world with his family.”

Bryant was killed along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26.

Johnson shared that Bryant’s family — wife Vanessa and three daughters, Natalia (17), Bianka (3) and Capri (10 months) — is “doing fine” as they continue to cope in the wake of the tragedy.

“They are living their life, they are having a good time, and I think Kobe would have wanted that, for them to go on, live a great life and just enjoy yourself,” he said. “Vanessa’s the reason for that, and I think she’s got a great village around her, people around her to give her that support.”

Additionally, Johnson noted that his documentary will come after the release of Bryant’s, although no timetables for releases were mentioned.

“The Last Dance” Most In-Demand Documentary Worldwide

Move over Joe Exotic, there’s a new documentary king in town.

It was also announced on Thursday that “The Last Dance” a docuseries on Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls has overtaken Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” as the most in-demand documentary in the world, as per Bloomberg.

“The Last Dance” was one of the 20 most in-demand shows in the world this week and the 11th-ranked show overall in the U.S., according to Parrot Analytics, a research firm that utilizes social media interactions and piracy to track audience interest.

“We are tracking a rise in demand for sports documentaries during the coronavirus pandemic,” Steven Langdon, a director of partnerships at Parrot, told Bloomberg.

The first two episodes of “The Last Dance” averaged 6.1 million viewers, making it the most-watch documentary in ESPN history.

“The Last Dance” can be viewed on Monday’s on Netflix in Canada while available Sunday nights on ESPN in the U.S.

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