It's a great time to be Los Angeles Lakers fans, old and new, as two series about the Lakers are going are scheduled to be released in 2022. Here's what you need to know.
HBO's Winning Time
HBO is set to release a fictional series about the Showtime Lakers in the 80s entitled: Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty. Per the article from ‘Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty’: HBO Unveils First Trailer & Photos For Adam McKay’s 1980s L.A. Lakers Drama Series
">Denise Petski for Deadline, The star-studded cast is already looking promising:
- John C.Reilly as Jerry Buss
- Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson
- Jason Clarke as Jerry West
- Adrien Brody as Pat Riley
- Gaby Hoffman as Claire Rothman
- Tracy Letts as Jack McKinney
- Jason Segel as Paul Westhead
- Julianne Nicholson; Hadley Robinson as Jeanie Bus
- Dr. Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The 10-episode series will be directed by Adam McKay, whose other film credits include The Big Short, Get Hard, Hustlers and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. It is set to be released in March 2022. You can watch the trailer below:
The series is based on Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s written by Jeff Pearlman. The 80s Lakers were one of the franchise's most dominant rosters ever assembled. It's interesting to see the off-court drama that transpired behind the success and with a comedic twist. It may be different from Chicago Bulls' Last Dance, but it's also a must-watch.
Hulu's Lakers docuseries
Meanwhile, a Lakers docuseries is headed to Hulu sometime in 2022. The series is similar to The Last Dance in that it's based on actual events, contrary to HBO's Winning Time. The still-unnamed docuseries will detail the franchise's 40-year history, starting when Jerry Buss bought it in 1979.
The project is in collaboration with Jeanie Buss, Antoine Fuqua, Haven Entertainment, and Los Angeles Media Fund. Fuqua's film credits include Olympus Has Fallen, The Magnificent Seven, and Brooklyn's Finest.
Since Jeanie Buss will also serve as executive producer, it remains to be seen how much behind-the-scene intrigues will be shown. The Last Dance glorified the Bulls and Michael Jordan and featured criticisms to balance the views.
Regardless, the Lakers fans will be in for a treat next year as two big series about the Purple and Gold will be released next year.