“30 For 30,” ESPN’s highly regarded sports documentary series produced in 2009 and 2010 for the network’s 30th anniversary, is headed for a sequel.
The sports media giant announced at its “upfronts” presentation Tuesday that the series, conceived of and executive-produced by popular columnist Bill Simmons, will resume this fall and continue through two more years, totaling an additional 30 films.
The brand will be further integrated with Grantland, the sports and culture website also founded and edited by Simmons, the New York Times’ Media Decoder blog reported.
The films in the original series were directed by name directors like Barry Levinson and Peter Berg, as well as top documentarians like Steve James and the Mayles brothers. The network did not announce directors, but did reveal several subjects for the new series: the steroid-tainted 1988 Olympic showdown between Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis, North Carolina State and coach Jim Valvano’s 1983 NCAA championship run and the career of 1980s baseball and football star Bo Jackson.