If this week has left you with a huge, The Last Dance-sized gaping hole your entertainment calendar, fear not, ESPN already has the antidote on hand. The sports network has just ordered a nine-part docu-series based on the career of NFL champion and former-New England Patriots star Tom Brady.
Widely regarded as one the greatest athletes in his sport, Brady has eclipsed almost every competitor in the NFL scene, placing him right up there on the sports totem pole alongside MJ. At least, that’s what ESPN is hoping. Produced by Gotham Chopra’s Religion of Sports and Brady’s recently formed 199 Productions, the Tom Brady documentary series is reportedly called Man in the Arena. The series will include first-hand accounts from Brady on pivotal moments in his career, including all nine of his Super Bowl appearances with the New England Patriots.
“Nine Super Bowl appearances over the course of 20 years is an achievement on an unmatched level. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Tom Brady as he reflects on each of those nine, season-long journeys and the pivotal moments that defined them,” Connor Schell, executive VP content at ESPN, said in a statement. “Gotham Chopra is a highly skilled filmmaker who I am confident will bring to life this story of an icon in a new and revealing way.”
While ESPN will be hoping Man in the Arena captures the same attention that The Last Dance did, it might be wishful thinking. The docu-series has become a worldwide hit, netting an average of 5.65 million same-day viewers over its 10 episodes. The major difference between Michael Jordan and Tom Brady is that Brady’s journey is yet to finish. The superstar quarterback recently signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. How a retrospective documentary that charts a career yet to write its final chapter is anyone’s guess. Man in the Arena is set to air in 2021.