While Colin Kaepernick may not have touched a football field in awhile, the former quarterback is making big moves elsewhere in his career.
The football star turned civil-rights activist has now partnered with Walt Disney as part of a first-look deal between them and Kaepernick’s production company Ra Vision Media. The partnership will develop scripted and unscripted surrounding race, social justice, and the fight for equity. The new deal also looks to showcase directors and producers of color.
“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,” Kaepernick said in a statement. “I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing.”
The first project under the new deal will be a series following Kaepernick’s journey from the NFL to his fight for social justice. The series will include new interviews and never-before-seen archival footage that documents the most recent years of Kaepernick’s life. Sports journalist Jemele Hill will serve as a producer on the project.
“During this unprecedented time, The Walt Disney Company remains committed to creating diverse and inclusive content that resonates and matters,” Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger added. “Colin’s experience gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture and race, which will undoubtedly create compelling stories that will educate, enlighten and entertain, and we look forward to working with him on this important collaboration.”
“Colin has had a singular path as both an athlete and an activist, and, as the nation continues to confront racism and social injustice, it feels particularly relevant to hear Colin’s voice on his evolution and motivations,” said Jimmy Piatro, ESPN’s president.
The 32-year-old is definitely in his bag as of late. Just last week, Netflix announced a scripted series about his life with Ava Duvernay producing the film.