ESPN has just announced that three additional filmmakers for ESPN Films’ “30 for 30″ film project have been secured.
Dan Klores (Black Magic, Crazy Love), Barry Levinson (Diner, The Natural) and Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens) along with previously announced participant, Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA and Shut Up & Sing), will film a variety of sports subjects from the past 30 years in sports.
The subjects are: Reggie Miller and the New York Knicks, The Steinbrenners, The Baltimore Colts’ departure to Indianapolis and the title fight between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes.
The Steinbrenner Family Business (Barbara Kopple)
Love him or hate him, there is no denying that George Steinbrenner has been one of the most colorful and successful owners in contemporary sports. Since buying the New York Yankees in 1973 for under $10 million, “King George” emphatically branded the world’s most celebrated sports franchise as his own. The Boss has boasted ten pennants, six World Series trophies and a corporate net worth well above $1 billion. As the team has transitioned to new leadership and moves into a new stadium this spring, two-time Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple will examine this challenging and intriguing transfer of power of baseball’s ultimate Family Business.
I wonder if Kopple got the Yankees to partcipate in this one? And, if she did, does this mean it will be a total puff piece?