Michael Jordan documentary coming to Netflix

David Stern, Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson. (Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein)
David Stern, Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson. (Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein)


A new ESPN documentary follows Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls' quest for a sixth NBA Championship in 1998.

The ten-part series, The Last Dance, will debut on Netflix on Monday 20 April with two new episodes weekly.

Directed by Jason Hehir, it chronicles one of the greatest icons and most successful teams in sports history, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, and features never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season as the team pursued its sixth NBA championship in eight years.

"Michael Jordan and the '90s Bulls weren't just sports superstars, they were a global phenomenon," said Jason.

"Making The Last Dance was an incredible opportunity to explore the extraordinary impact of one man and one team. For nearly three years, we searched far and wide to present the definitive story of an era-defining dynasty and to present these sports heroes as humans. I hope viewers enjoy watching our series as much as we enjoyed the opportunity to make it."

As the series weaves its way through the tumultuous 1997-98 season, viewers will be transported back to how it all began – from Jordan's childhood roots, the Bulls' dire circumstances before Jordan's arrival and how the team was built after drafting Jordan in 1984, to the struggles that eventually led to the team's first NBA championship. As the series takes the audience through the Bulls' first five championships, viewers will experience the off-court challenges, struggles and triumphs that were a part of the culture-shifting phenomenon created by Jordan and the Bulls.

It's an unlikely scenario that serves as a fascinating backdrop for the inside tale of the 1998 championship run, with extensive profiles of Jordan's key teammates including Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Steve Kerr, head coach Phil Jackson, and featuring dozens of current-day interviews with rivals and luminaries from basketball and beyond.

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Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht