Sports Illustrated will team with Kobe Bryant’s new production company, Kobe Studios, along with Believe Entertainment Group, for a multi-platform video production and development project devoted to Dear Basketball, Bryant’s tribute to the game. The deal will include the world premiere of Dear Basketball, an animated short film on SI.com that will debut this fall, as well as a slate of exclusive SI Films mini documentaries. The film will be narrated by Bryant with Glen Keane, animator behind the likes of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan and Tangled, helming the production with John Williams composing the score.
“We are proud to collaborate with Kobe to tell the comprehensive story of his first endeavor after retiring from the NBA in a way that only SI can,” said Rich Battista, President of the Time Inc. Entertainment and Sports Group and Video. “We are excited for Kobe’s fans and the global community of sport, entertainment and art enthusiasts to experience these productions.”