For years, the History Channel has been at the top of its game, bringing viewers the stories of countless historical figures. The story takes us to a baseball game for their next film project. The center field team will follow Jackie Robinson’s remarkable breakthrough as the first African American to play professional baseball, a film titled After Jackie sets out to portray the stories of many unsung heroes. UNINTERRUPTED, a production company founded by basketball player LeBron James and sports celebrity Maverick Carter, will support the upcoming documentary. Along with Major League Baseball and the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Firelight Films will produce.
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 (Attica, 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 production team, with Gaines helming the project as director. Jamal Henderson, Philip Byron, Eli Lehrer, Jim Pasquarella and Nick Trotta will complete the executive production team with Matthew Rissmiller serving as co-executive producer. The History Channel will act as producer.
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 haven’t garnered the same attention. Players like Bill White, Curt Flood and Bob Gibson will be featured 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 Betts. 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.
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 After Jackie news as it becomes available.
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- LeBron James Creates Baseball Documentary For The History Channel Titled ‘After Jackie’
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