Colin Kaepernick is making moves off the field and has signed a first-look production deal with Disney.
On Monday, Disney announced that it is partnering with the former NFL quarterback’s production company Ra Vision Media. The first-look deal gives Disney first dibs on anything Kaepernick’s production company will produce. As part of the deal, Disney said Kaepernick will create a docuseries that “will tell his story from his perspective,” adding that it will feature “extensive new interviews and a vast never-before-seen archive that documents his last five years.”
The docuseries by Disney’s ESPN Films will focus on Kaepernick’s journey as a San Francisco 49er to becoming an activist following his decision to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality in America. Former ESPN journalist Jemele Hill will also reportedly be involved in the project.
Disney said, “The partnership will focus on telling scripted and unscripted stories that explore race, social injustice and the quest for equity, and will provide a new platform to showcase the work of Black and Brown directors and producers.”
In a statement about the project, Kaepernick said, “I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives.”
“I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing,” he added.
According to Disney, Kaepernick’s projects will be featured on multiple platforms, including Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Hulu, Pixar, and The Undefeated.
It hasn’t been announced yet when the series will air.