Spike Lee to Direct Docuseries on Colin Kaepernick’s Life

Spike Lee is directing a documentary series for ESPN Films about former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The project has started production, according to a press release from ESPN. The Do the Right Thing director will use interviews as well as never-before-seen footage from the NFL star’s personal archive to tell a first-person account from Kaepernick.

The untitled project was announced last year as part of The Walt Disney Company’s overall first-look deal with Kaepernick’s production arm Ra Vision Media.

Lee’s production company 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks and sports journalist Jemele Hill will also be producers on the project, with ESPN Films executive producing.

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Kaepernick shared the news about the docuseries on Twitter, writing: “I’m grateful to be able to work with the legend Spike Lee on my docu-series. Thank you @jemelehill for being a part of our incredible team. It’s time for the narrative to be corrected.”

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and social justice activist recently partnered with Ava DuVernay for the six-episode scripted drama series Colin in Black & White which started streaming on Netflix in October 2021. The series chronicles Kaepernick’s childhood as a Black child adopted into a white family.

As for Lee, he previously worked with ESPN Films for the 2009 documentary film Kobe Doin’ Work. The docufilm centered around Kobe Bryant’s preparation before, during and after a single game during the 2007-2008 Los Angeles Lakers season. Bryant allowed Lee and 30 cameras to follow him for a full day.