One of Netflix’s most anticipated upcoming sports documentaries, which explores the life and career of the famous NBA champion, coach, and civil rights activist Bill Russell, will be released in February 2023.
The documentary retitled Bill Russell: Legend will be available on Netflix worldwide on February 8th, 2023.
NBA Legend Bill Russell Getting Netflix Documentary https://t.co/lAYNQRqkpD
— Variety (@Variety) February 17, 2022
It arrives on Netflix almost exactly a year after it was first announced in February 2022. They provided the following synopsis for the upcoming documentary at the time:
“The definitive bio-doc on NBA Legend Bill Russell, the greatest champion in the history of American sports, and a true Civil Rights icon. From the humblest of beginnings, Russell went on to lead each and every one of his basketball teams to Championships — two California State High School Championships, two back-to-back NCAA titles, a Gold Medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, and 11 championship titles in his thirteen-year career as a Boston Celtic (his last two as the first Black Head Coach in NBA history, while still playing for the Celtics). Bill’s story is innately and uniquely intertwined with the 75-year history of the NBA, and the story of America’s last 8 decades.”
A new synopsis for the documentary can now be found on Netflix:
“Winningest NBA champion and civil rights icon Bill Russell builds a larger-than-life legacy on and off the court in this biographical documentary.”
Bill Russell: Legend is directed by Sam Pollard for Netflix. Pollard was once described as a “master filmmaker” by Spike Lee.
Bill Russell: Legend
The definitive bio-doc on NBA Legend Bill Russell. One of the greatest and most respected American athletes and NBA players of all time, as well as a true civil rights icon.
— Netflix (@netflix) October 18, 2022
Citizen Ashe, an HBO Max documentary set to premiere in December 2021, MLK/FBI, Mr. Soul!, Black Art: In the Absence of Light, and Maynard are among the filmmaker’s recent projects. The documentary, which has a TV-MA rating, is executive produced by Lawrence Gordon, Ross Greenburg, Mike Richardson, and Charles Rosenzweig.
A trailer for the documentary had yet to be released at the time of publication, and we’ll update this post as soon as Netflix releases it.
Netflix is also currently working on a slew of other sports documentaries in order to compete with the likes of ESPN, which is well-known for its library of sports documentaries. Keep an eye on What’s on Netflix for more information on what’s coming to Netflix in the United States and elsewhere in February 2023.
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