Gotham Chopra details what Tom Brady's new documentary will be like, including potential interviews

Ryan Hannable
May 26, 2020 - 8:34 am

“The Man in the Arena,” a nine-part documentary on Tom Brady will not be released until next year on ESPN, but it already has received a ton of hype.

Producer Gotham Chopra spoke with Albert Breer of MMQB and gave some insight into what to expect.

First off, it will not be like ESPN's "The Last Dance," which focused on the split of Michael Jordan and the 1998 Bulls. Chopra says the nine episodes will each focus on a different Super Bowl season from the Patriots (six wins, three losses).

“It’s not Tom Brady’s Last Dance,” Chopra said. “It’s not that. That may or may not exist 20 years from now, I don’t know. There’s this sort of immediacy to this ... The premise [of The Last Dance] was telling stories about the seasons, whereas [Brady’s], it does feel a little bit more real time. Tom continues to be an active player. So the idea is, ‘O.K., let’s talk about these nine seasons, this incredible body of work across 20 years, and how it’s still sort of affecting him.’”

Chopra is very close with Brady as he produced Tom vs. Time.

Given Spygate and Deflategate occurred in Super Bowl seasons, it seems like those events will be included in some fashion.

“Yeah, we will [address that],” Chopra said. “I just know from knowing Tom all these years now, Tom’s constantly, like a lot of elite athletes, figuring out ways to motivate himself and go at it again. Does he really need to at this point of his career? No. But he still loves it, he’s still finding ways to motivate himself and those things definitely have a big impact. I’ve never found with Tom where he says, ‘Dude, I’m not talking about that.’ He’s very candid and willing to speak about stuff.”

Chopra acknowledged Bill Belichick is on his list of people he would like to speak with for the series, but did say COVID-19 is impacting the process of securing all interviews.

Lastly, the series will not follow Brady's every move with Tampa Bay this season and NFL Films is involved and is helping Chopra with putting it all together.

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