A new four-part documentary series about one of the world’s most iconic figures, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, premieres April 22 on AppleTV+. “They Call Me Magic” follows his life during the early days as a basketball sensation from Lansing, Michigan, his turbulent championship years with the Los Angeles Lakers, an “earth-shattering” HIV diagnosis, and his comeback as a business mogul and family man.
Magic Johnson “changed the conversation around HIV and transcended into a community activist and successful entrepreneur,” says a press release announcing the documentary. “Featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with Magic, his family, powerhouses from business and politics, and those in his inner circle, the series will offer an unprecedented look at one of the biggest cultural icons of our era.”
Directed by Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”) with editor Dirk Westervelt (“Ford v Ferrari”) and cinematographer Rachel Morrison (“Black Panther”), the docuseries is produced for Apple by XTR and New Slate Ventures, and produced in association with h.wood Media and Delirio Films.