Sunday, October 24, 2021

Magic Johnson Says Kobe Bryant Doc On Final Lakers Season ‘Definitely Going To Happen’

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Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson at Michael Jackson’s memorial, Staple Center, July 7th, 2009

*Magic Johnson has confirmed that a documentary covering Kobe Bryant’s final NBA season will be released.

“That’s definitely going to happen,” Johnson shared with Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier. “I think he was smart enough to have a camera follow him, document every movement. So we’re gonna see a lot of behind-the-scenes things on Kobe and he’ll probably let us into his world with his family.” 

We previously reported… Kobe allowed camera crews to film his last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to Complex, NBA Entertainment was given “unparalleled access” to Bryant and allowed to film in locker rooms, the training room, the team’s practice facility, and on the team’s charter plane. 

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They had unprecedented and, by far, greater access than anyone else ever,” former Lakers public relations vice president John Black told ESPN. “We certainly allowed them to do everything we could within what the league would allow, and sometimes, with a wink and look-the-other-way, allowed them even more.”

The footage is reportedly in the editing stages, and the final documentary was set to debut years from now. But after Bryant’s untimely death in late January, the project may be fast-tracked. The NBA icon had seen edited material and provided feedback in the months leading up to his passing, and he ultimately sought control over the footage. 

Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday, January 26.

Asked about a recent TikTok featuring Kobe’s daughters Bianka and Natalia dancing, Johnson said: “I think Kobe would have wanted that, right, with them to go on, live a great life and just enjoy yourself, and Vanessa’s the reason for that, and I think she’s got a great village around or people around her to give her that support.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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