The U was another incredible taste of Rakontur’s documentary making prowess. ESPN has just tapped the Miami based production company to produce the long awaited sequel to the doc.
The original was aired in 2009 and focused on the hip-hop culture in Miami and the “bad boys” of college football during the 1980s. This next one will take place right were part one left off.
The working title is “The U: Part 2″ and reunites “The U” director Billy Corben and producer Alfred Spellman. The documentary will air this winter as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series, and the running time is expected to be two hours.
“The original film followed the transformation from a Miami football program that went largely unnoticed to ‘The U’ and all that [associated with it] both on and off the field,” said an ESPN Films spokesperson. “It became a cult classic and remains one of the most talked-about ’30 for 30′ films we’ve ever done. But that narrative didn’t end in the early 90’s and this sequel will pick up where the original left off.”
Corben and Spellman started principal shooting last week — Dolphins lineman Bryant McKinnie, who played on Miami’s 2001 national championship team, has already sat down with the filmmakers — and viewers should expect the net to be cast wide for subjects. Among the NFL-ers who played at Miami during the late 1990s and 2000s: Frank Gore, Devin Hester, Ray Lewis, Clinton Portis, Ed Reed, Warren Sapp, Jeremy Shockey, Jonathan Vilma, Reggie Wayne, Kellen Winslow Jr., Vince Wilfork, Willis McGahee, and Phillip Buchanon.
The boom-and-bust culture of Miami has been a longtime interest of filmmaker Corben, a Miami native and University of Miami alum. He and Spellman teamed up for “Cocaine Cowboys,” which examined the Miami drug culture in the 1970s and 1980s through the lens of the smugglers and hitmen of the cocaine wars.
2.368 million viewers watched the original on Dec. 12th, 2009 when it first debuted. Till this day, one of the most watched docs and documentary styled programming aired on ESPN.
Source: Sports Illustrated