Hulu has ordered a nine-part Los Angeles Lakers docuseries chronicling the history of the basketball team, which is one of the most storied franchises in the NBA and all of sports.
The project will come from Lakers CEO and controlling owner Jeanie Buss and will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, in association with Fuqua Films, Haven Entertainment, and Los Angeles Media Fund. The series will detail the past four decades of the Lakers and feature interviews from a handful of legendary figures from the organization, including legendary coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson; and NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and team captain Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, among numerous other current and former players.
“When Dr. Buss bought the Lakers in 1979, he sat alone at center court of the Forum and thought of all the possibilities,” Jeanie Buss said (via Deadline). “But even in his wildest dreams, my father could not have imagined what the next decades would bring for our organization, our league, and our city of Los Angeles. I am thrilled that the true story of the Lakers will finally be shared with the world — and that we are in such capable hands with Hulu and Antoine, a director whose storytelling I’ve admired for years.”
High-profile fans and other archival footage will be included in the Los Angeles Lakers docuseries, along with never-before-seen interviews with the Lakers’ late owner, Jerry Buss. The series will reportedly start with Buss’ acquisition of the team in 1979, and offer a fresh look at the legendary “Showtime” era Lakers that won five NBA Championships en route to becoming one of the best teams in the world.