Netflix Is Making a Series on Kaepernick's Early Life

Lawrence Kim
June 30, 2020

The former NFL quarterback was ostracised by the league after he chose to "take a knee" during the playing of the national anthem back in 2016 to protest police brutality.

Former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who launched kneeling protests during U.S. national anthems to protest police brutality and racial injustice, will be the subject of a six-part series, Netflix announced Monday.

It will be directed by Ava DuVernay, with the football player set to act as narrator. 'We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face'.

'We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years, ' he continued.

This certainly sounds as though it could a compelling watch.

"It is an unparalleled union of two strong and defining voices coming together to tell the story about what it's like to be Black in America".

The six-episode series, which was developed in 2019 and completed writing in May, also touches on Kaepernick's early life as a Black child growing up with a white adopted family, his athletic career, and finding his identity. He left the 49ers after that football season concluded and remains a free agent. According to numerous reports there will be a six-episode scripted drama that is a project from Kaepernick and filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

Cindy Holland, vice president, Original Content for Netflix, said, "We're proud to bring Colin's experience and his creative vision to life as he joins Ava to share his powerful story and message with all our members around the world".

Kaepernick called it an honour to collaborate with DuVernay, whose credits include the award-winning "When They See Us, " which dramatized the Central Park Five case, and the Oscar-nominated documentary "13th".

"I've always been fascinated by how folks become who they are". 'When it comes to @Kaepernick7, that story tracks the making of a singular American icon.

Further casting details and a release date were not immediately announced.

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