Netflix has commissioned two new documentary projects following US Major League Baseball (MLB) team the Boston Red Sox.
The first, an as-yet-untitled docuseries, will follow the team over the course of a full season, giving an insight into the ups and downs they face in the competitive sports environment. Netflix will have access to players, coaches and executives throughout the 2024 season, with the docuseries set to debut in 2025.
The project is being executive produced and directed by Greg Whiteley of One Potato Productions, while also serving as executive producers are Andrew Fried and Dane Lillegard of Boardwalk Pictures.
The second project, which will come to Netflix later this year, is an also untitled documentary, looking back at the historic 2004 Red Sox season, which culminated with one of the greatest comebacks in sports history and the franchise’s first World Series title in 86 years.
Produced by Meadowlark Media, it will feature new, exclusive interviews with key players and figures from the team that broke one of baseball’s longest curses. The franchise has now won more World Series (four) in the last 20 years than any club in MLB.
Executive producing are Nick Barnicle, Colin Barnicle, John Skipper, Deirdre Fenton, Howard Bryant, Melody Shafir, Nick Davis, and Nick Trotta, and the film is directed by Colin Barnicle.
“Our fans love that our sports series focus on the drama of sport and nothing was more dramatic than the 2004 Red Sox season, especially having witnessed their comeback from the bleachers during Game 7 against the Yankees,” said Gabe Spitzer, VP of nonfiction sports, Netflix.
“We’re thrilled to partner with this iconic franchise to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the greatest sports comeback ever, while also looking forward to the team’s future with inside access to their 2024 campaign.”