With the world under quarantine and a majority of people at home watching TV, ESPN has made a major move. Their esteemed and highly anticipated Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance is getting its air date moved up.
Originally planned for June, the film is now being released on April 19.
The plan is to stretch out the 10-part documentary about Michael Jordan‘s final season with the Chicago Bulls (1997-98) throughout five dates in April and May.
The Last Dance 9pm EST Air Dates
April 19: EP. 1 & 2
April 26: EP. 3 & 4
May 3: EP. 5 & 6
May 10: EP. 7 & 8
May 17: EP. 9 & 10
The news comes as fans have asked the network to air the documentary while sports is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. After its network airing on ESPN, fans will be able to find the film on Netflix.
ESPN had this to say about the early release:
“As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world to escape and enjoy a collective experience. 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. This project celebrates one of the greatest players and dynasties ever, and we hope it can serve as a unifying entertainment experience to fill the role that sports often play in our lives, telling a story that will captivate everyone, not just sports fans.”
The Last Dance will chronicle the ’97-98 Bulls championship team across the whole season, with commentary with those who were close and saw everything first-hand. The film will feature never-before-seen footage from Jordan, his teammates and coaches, shot by an NBA crew at the time. It should give fans and the younger generation an inside look at how dominating MJ was and what it took to win that final season. Plus, give the kids a reminder on why he’s the GOAT.
April 19th can’t come fast enough. I CAN NOT WAIT!! 🗣Yessir!🍿 #LastDance
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 31, 2020