Apple TV+ has just picked up yet another documentary series, this one being another sports-focused entry.
Confirmed today by Apple, the company’s original streaming service has nailed down the upcoming docuseries called Big Man on Campus. It will tell the story of the young basketball phenom Makur Maker, from Howard University. The new series will put a spotlight on not just Maker, but his journey from war-torn South Sudan to the United States, where he’s become a beacon for youth trying to make it in basketball.
The new series will go well beyond that, though, as it will look at a variety of other topics, including a year of social unrest. Maker made a decision to ignore the offers from top-tier schools offering full rides to play basketball at their locations, instead opting to sign up with Howard University. Since then, he’s showcased his skills on the court, but the series will look at the highs and lows of his Freshman year at the university amidst so much else going on in the world.
From today’s announcement:
‘Big Man on Campus’ is the story of a historic moment in America told through the lens of a young athlete with the power to create change. In 2020, a year marked by social unrest, basketball sensation, NBA prospect and top NCAA recruit, Makur Maker, made the groundbreaking decision to play college basketball for Howard University in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities rather than join one of the many top-tier programs offering him a full ride. Balancing extraordinary pressures both on and off the court, and with the eyes of the nation focused on his every move, Maker’s journey – from fleeing war-torn South Sudan as a child through to the movement he has sparked today – has put a face on the socio-political complexities of America during this unprecedented time.
Big Man on Campus will be directed by Seth Gordon (Undefeated). Exhibit A, Boardwalk Pictures, and Sony Pictures Television will all be producing for Apple TV+.
No set release date quite yet. But, as soon as we know more we’ll be sure to pass it along.