ESPN’s critically acclaimed docu-series “30 for 30” has told some great stories about wonderful sports figures and memorable events, but none other may be more watched than the one they’re reportedly producing about OJ Simpson.
According to The Buffalo News, Dan Le Batard let the cat out of the bag about the installment during a recent radio interview.
Le Batard suggested that the highly praised “30 for 30″ series co-created by Simmons is planning an installment about disgraced Buffalo Bills star O.J. Simpson that could go as long as five hours. After making the statement, Le Batard asked Simmons if he was revealing a secret and shouldn’t have said anything. Simmons said it wasn’t a problem.
The film is expected to deal with the racial attitudes in the country throughout Simpson’s life as his popularity grew as a Heisman Trophy winner at USC, a record-setting running back with the Buffalo Bills, and with his work in advertising, sports television and film before the so-called Trial of the Century in which he was acquitted of murder. Of course, the trial is expected to be a significant part of the film.
There is no scheduled air date but this October could be an ideal time for ESPN to air it since it would be the 20th anniversary of the 1995 verdict in the criminal trial.
ESPN hasn’t officially verified the project.