On Tuesday, ESPN and Netflix announced the 10-part documentary is called ‘The Last Dance’ and will run in the United States over five consecutive Sunday nights starting April 19 and running through May 17. Each episode will be two-hours long and airing back-to-back at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern Time.
The series will feature never-before-seen footage from that season, which featured the Chicago Bulls team chasing its sixth championship.
“As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world to escape and enjoy a collective experience,” ESPN said in a statement. “We’ve heard the calls from fans asking us to move up the release date for this series, and we’re happy to announce that we’ve been able to accelerate the production schedule to do just that.”
ESPN initially planned on releasing the documentary in June, when the season NBA Finals were to be played. However, with the lack of sports content due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the release date was pushed up.
The documentary is nearly 25 years in development. The documentary started in 1997 when Jordan, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and coach Phil Jackson allowed an NBA Entertainment film crew to follow the team the entire season. ESPN says the documentary includes “extensive profiles of Jordan’s key teammates including Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Steve Kerr,” and Phil Jackson.
“Michael Jordan and the ‘90s Bulls weren’t just sports superstars, they were a global phenomenon,” said Jason Hehir, who directed the series. “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.”
The documentary series will air in the United States on ESPN and internationally on Netflix.