After the well-praised reception and feedback from “The Last Dance” documentary, it may usher in a new age of sports storytelling. The next athlete to get the spotlight shone on their career is MLB icon, Derek Jeter. According to ESPN, the sports network is developing a multi-part documentary called “The Captain” will allow a film crew and ESPN to dive deep into the professional life of former New York Yankees Derek Jeter his rise to the level of one of the greatest baseball players of all time. The film will also give viewers a look into the current life of Jeter as he becomes part-owner of the Miami Marlins.
“The Captain” hopes to bring the same energy and national attention “The Last Dance” brought to the screen. While still early in the development stages, it’s unclear if Derek Jeter will be involved in the creative direction of the project. It has been reported that Major League Baseball and The Players Tribune will be involved in the film. The Players Tribune, a media platform producing stories from athletes, was founded by Derek Jeter back in 2014.
Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter has had a career spanning over 20 years with the New York Yankees. Jeter has won 5 World Series and been named as an All-Star 14 times. Derek Jeter was known as one of the best to ever do it. With Jeter, the Yankees maintained a strong grip on the league in the early 2000s. In his career, Jeter has also won 5 Gold Gloves and Silver Slugger awards. At the end of his career, Derek Jeter ended with a batting average of .310, 3,465 hits, 260 home runs, and 1,311 run hits. His number 2 was retired at Yankees stadium.
The film will be directed by Emmy winner Randy Wilkins. Randy is known for his film “86-32”, an ESPN 30 for 30 / Spike Lee Joint. “86-32” took a look at the classic Light Middle Heavyweight gold medal boxing match between Roy Jones Jr. and Park Si-Hun at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Aside from directing, Randy Wilkins has also worked as a Lead Editor on a few of Spike Lee’s projects.