Spike Lee and Colin Kaepernick are collaborating on an upcoming documentary that will feature a “never-before-seen archive” that will “tell his story from his perspective.”
According to a press release, “Kaepernick, who has never given a full, first-person account of his journey, is collaborating closely with Lee who plans to use extensive new interviews and a vast never-before-seen archive.”
The project is part of an overall first-look deal Kaepernick signed in July 2020 with ESPN. The award-winning director was brought onto the project after the deal was announced.
Jemele Hill, a current contributing writer for The Atlantic, will serve as a producer on the ESPN Films project.
ESPN has yet to announce the documentary’s premiere date.
Colin Kaepernick famously began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem at NFL games in 2016 to protest police brutality and racial injustice. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was later proven to be blackballed from the NFL after being released from the NFC team for his peaceful protests.
The documentary announcement also comes after Kaepernick was spotted out with Spike Lee at a New York Knicks game.