The History Channel has been at the top of its game for years, providing viewers with the background story behind countless historical figures. For their next film project, History takes us to the ball game. Taking center field will be After Jackya film that sets out to tell the stories of many unsung heroes following the legendary breakthrough of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in professional league baseball. Upcoming documentary backup will be UNINTERRUPTED, a production company created by the basketball superstar james lebron and sports personality, Maverick Carter. Firelight Films will also produce alongside Major League Baseball with the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Although Robinson is a household name, known for his bravery entering a league and a fanbase filled with racial bias, many of the names that will be brought up in After Jackie did not receive the same attention. Players love Bill White, Brief floodand Bob Gibson will be showcased and honored for their determination to fight their way through the barricades of hate that stood in their way. The feature film will weave its story from a combination of personal letters belonging to Robinson, with insights from past and present baseball stars, including CC Sabathia and Mookie Bets. Major League Baseball has also opened up its archives to give the production full access to the game’s history over the past 100 years.
Along with James and Carter, the executive production team is made up of some of the biggest names in the business. Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated director, Stanley Nelson (Penthouse, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution) and critically acclaimed producer and director, Andre Gaines (The one and only Dick Gregory) will join the executive producing team, with Gaines helming the project as director. Jamal Henderson, Philip Byron, Eli Lehrer, Jim Pasquarelleand Nick Trotta will round out the executive production team with Matthew Rismiller as co-executive producer. The History Channel will act as producer.
Nelson, who is a self-proclaimed ‘longtime baseball fan’, shared his exuberance while working on After Jackie in a statement associated with the announcement of the documentary. Commenting that he was “thrilled” to be able to tell the story of “lesser-known legends” that came after Robinson, Nelson shared a genuine enthusiasm to work alongside Gaines and said he was “grateful” to all of them. the teams bringing the film to life.
With the names attached to The History Channel’s latest documentary special, fans of sports, culture and history are sure to hit a home run. As always, stay tuned to Collider for more news on After Jackie as soon as it becomes available.
The film will also star Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field.
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