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Netflix announces its first original sports docu series
MUMBAI: Internet television network Netflix will premiere an original six-part documentary series ‘Last Chance U’ on 29 July exclusively to Netflix members worldwide.
Directed by Greg Whiteley (Mitt, New York Doll, Resolved), ‘Last Chance U’ is a character driven, gut-wrenching behind-the-scenes look at the world of college football.
‘Last Chance U’ follows a group of young men training to become the future stars of the NFL. The football players are the latest recruits to East Mississippi Community College (EMCC), an undefeated team with three National Championship wins over four years under their belt.
The EMCC Lions have become a phenomenon in junior college sports, attracting elite athletes, some of whom have been held back by poor academic performance or behavioural issues. Under Coach Buddy Stephens, one of the most successful but least known athletic programs, EMCC graduates more than 20 players per year into football scholarships at four year universities, and nine of his former players currently play in the NFL.
“Following the groundbreaking Mitt, we jumped at the opportunity to work again with director Greg Whiteley. He brings an honest and intimate lens to all his subjects, immediately creating a connection between the viewer and these young, complex subjects. You are invited into their world and feel immediately invested in the high stakes of their lives,” said Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming Lisa Nishimura.
“Considering the school’s recent success, and after meeting some of the people from Scooba, Mississippi, we felt that chances were high that we would be filming one of those special seasons. What we ended up capturing was something none of us could’ve ever predicted” said director Greg Whiteley.
As the players continue to contend with their own personal challenges and teeter on the edge of success or failure, ‘Last Chance U’ takes viewers on a journey to understand the real men beneath the helmets. Each of them has incredible drive to be the best, but each of them also has unique distractions and conflicts both on and off the field.
‘Last Chance U’ is the latest project in Netflix’s slate of original documentary and docu-series programming, including ‘Making a Murderer’, ‘Cooked’, Oscar-nominated films ‘Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom’, ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’, ‘The Square’ and ‘Virunga’ as well as the docu-series ‘Chef’s Table’.