Antoine Fuqua and Hulu Want to Set the Record Straight About the LA Lakers With New Docuseries (Watch)
Watch a teaser for Antoine Fuqua's 'Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers.'
Behind every sports team are huge personalities and even larger-than-life stories, which is why it is no surprise that so many franchises get their stories told in scripted adaptations and the documentary format. Soon, Hulu and Antoine Fuqua will bring a new one of the latter to screens with Legacy: The True Story Of The LA Lakers. Get a sneak peek at that 10-part docuseries via a new teaser, below.
Legacy: The True Story Of The LA Lakers, which does not yet have a premiere date, tells the story of the rise and success of the Los Angeles Lakers, including real-estate tycoon Dr. Jerry Buss' purchase of the NBA team and the kick off of the "Showtime" era in 1979, which was dramatized in a scripted format earlier this year on HBO's Winning Time.
This docuseries features exclusive access to the Buss family, including an interview with Jeannie Buss. It also includes interviews with such NBA superstars as Shaquille O'Neal, Abdul-Jabbar, and Johnson, as well as other L.A. celebrities who happen to be fans of these giants, in addition to a lot of archival footage of the team through the years.
"This is the Lake show," O'Neal says simply in the teaser.
The docuseries will look at how the aforementioned Showtime era changed the business of basketball, from raising the price of tickets, to the introduction of additional such live entertainment as dancers (aka the Laker Girls) and a band at games, and the opening of a private club inside the arena. Among all of that public success, though, there was also a darker side: notorious feuds, career-ending illnesses, on-the-court obstacles, and both corporate unrest and sibling rivalry among the Buss children who got front office jobs in a franchise so much bigger than most family businesses.
Fuqua directs and executive produces, while Haven Entertainment's Kevin Mann, Michael Mann and Brendan Bragg; Los Angeles Media Fund's (LAMF) Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman; longtime Lakers senior executive Linda Rambis; and writer Steven Leckart also executive produce.