*A bit of the private side of Kobe Bryant is set to be exposed in an upcoming documentary on the NBA all-star that is set to air on Showtime.
Executive produced by Bryant and Chopra in tandem with Mamba Media, “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” will cover “Bryant’s storied basketball career, detailing his mentorships, allies and rivalries that have helped shape his 18-year tenure in the NBA,” according to the release. The documentary will be directed by Gotham Chopra, whose credits include the ESPN 30 for 30 film “The Little Master” (2014).
For Chopra, the chance to work with Bryant was one he never thought would happen, considering the team his loyalty to the Lakers’ longtime rival. “As a lifelong Boston Celtics fan, never did I imagine I would collaborate with Laker great Kobe Bryant,” the filmmaker said.
Despite his love of the Celtics, Chopra welcomed the opportunity to profile the popular Laker.
“Kobe’s quest for greatness transcends rivalries and I’m excited by his and Showtime’s willingness to go down this rabbit hole together,” he said. “I’m confident audiences will be intrigued by what comes out the other side.”
Although he’s kept his personal life classified, the athlete’s change of heart could stem from the Achilles injury that threatens his career as well as an awareness of his time in the NBA coming to an end within a few years. Director Spike Lee was one of the few who has gained access to Bryant as he chronicled the basketball great’s life over the course of a game day in 2009 in the documentary “Kobe Doin’ Work.”
“Kobe Bryant’s Muse” will offer viewers a deep character portrait of a professional athlete who has transcended his sport to become a culture-moving personality,” Showtime Sports executive vice president and general manager said in the press release about what fans can expect from the documentary. “We are thrilled that Kobe has given us this unprecedented access, which will allow our viewers to witness such a challenging period of time in the life of one of the NBA’s greatest players.”