MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino sports fans are in for a treat as the highly anticipated 10-part documentary, "The Last Dance," will debut on Netflix on Monday, April 20.
Two episodes will be shown weekly. The series will also be available in the United States on ESPN.
The series, directed by Jason Hehir ("The Fab Five," "The '85 Bears," "Andre the Giant"), chronicles one of the greatest icons and most successful teams in sports history -- Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls.
The documentary features never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season, when the team pursued its sixth NBA championship in eight years.
"Michael Jordan and the '90s Bulls weren't just sports superstars. They were a global phenomenon," said Hehir. "Making 'The Last Dance' was an incredible opportunity to explore the extraordinary impact of one man and one team."
In the fall of 1997, Jordan, head coach Phil Jackson, and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf agreed to let an NBA Entertainment film crew follow the team for the season. The result was a remarkable portrait of an iconic player and a celebrated team -- one that is now just being revealed, more than two decades later, in "The Last Dance."
As the series weaves its way through the tumultuous 1997-98 season, viewers will be transported to how it all began -- from Jordan's childhood roots, the Bulls' dire circumstances before Jordan's arrival, and how the team was rebuilt after drafting Jordan in 1984, to the struggles that eventually led to the team's first NBA championship.
As the series takes the audience through the Bulls' first five championships, viewers will learn of the off-court challenges, struggles and triumphs that were a part of the culture-shifting phenomenon created by Jordan and the Bulls.
It's an unlikely scenario that serves as a fascinating backdrop for the inside tale of their 1998 championship run, with extensive profiles of Jordan's key teammates including Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Steve Kerr, along with head coach Jackson. It also features dozens of current day interviews with rivals and luminaries from basketball and beyond.
All throughout, the tension and conflict that defined the Bulls' final championship run are very much in display.
"For nearly three years, we searched far and wide to present the definitive story of an era-defining dynasty and to present these sports heroes as humans. I hope viewers enjoy watching our series as much as we enjoyed the opportunity to make it," said Hehir.
Below is the full schedule of the series' release on Netflix:
Monday, 20 April - 12:01 a.m. PT - “The Last Dance” Episodes 1 and 2
Monday, 27 April - 12:01 a.m. PT - “The Last Dance” Episodes 3 and 4
Monday, 4 May - 12:01 a.m. PT - “The Last Dance” Episodes 5 and 6
Monday, 11 May - 12:01 a.m. PT - “The Last Dance” Episodes 7 and 8
Monday, 18 May - 12:01 a.m. PT - “The Last Dance” Episodes 9 and 10
(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website).