The highly anticipated documentary, Stephen Curry: Underrated, is set to release in select theaters and Apple TV+ on July 21, 2023. The documentary follows Curry’s career from small town Davidson College to becoming one of the greatest players in NBA history with the Golden State Warriors.
It’s a little unusual to get a biographical documentary for an active player, especially one who is about to defend the NBA World Championship in the coming weeks, but Curry’s story is so unique that it’s worth telling now. The timing likely hints at the focus of the film, which is probably more about his improbable journey to becoming a NBA superstar, rather than the entirety of his career.
As a huge NBA fan, I distinctly remember watching an impossibly slender Curry score 40 points and upset Gonzaga University in the NCAA tournament in 2008. Curry was truly a one-man team and led Davidson to the Elite 8 that year; all the while looking like a 12-year-old kid wearing his father’s basketball uniform. Even after an unstoppable college career, very few people expected Curry to succeed in the NBA. It’s one thing to surprise a bunch of college teams; it’s another to battle against the most elite athletes in the world.
Of course, anybody who knows anything about the NBA knows that against all odds, Curry has not only become one of the best players in basketball history and led a NBA dynasty with the Warriors, but he completely revolutionized the game of basketball.
From Apple Original Films and A24, and directed by Peter Nicks, who won an Emmy for his reporting on illegal human trafficking during the Iraq War and has directed several critically acclaimed documentaries, Underrated should be a must watch for any fan of basketball, underdogs and inspirational stories.
Ryan Coogler, who is a Bay Area legend and former elite athlete in his own right, is a producer, along with Erick Peyton, Sean Havey, Ben Cotner and Marissa Torres Ericson. Emily Osborne, Sev Ohanian and Zinzi Coogler are executive producers.
Underrated premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and last night screened at SFFILM Festival, where Coogler and Nicks were among those in attendance. I assume Curry was just a few miles away in Sacramento preparing for his upcoming playoff game against the Sacramento Kings.
Don’t miss Stephen Curry: Underrated premiering July 21st!
Apple Original Films and A24 announce critically acclaimed documentary “Stephen Curry: Underrated” will be released in select theaters and premiere globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, July 21, 2023
Apple Original Films and A24 announced today that the highly anticipated, critically acclaimed documentary “Stephen Curry: Underrated,” directed and produced by Emmy Award winner Peter Nicks, will be released in select theaters and premiere globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, July 21, 2023.
“Stephen Curry: Underrated” is the remarkable coming-of-age story of one of the most influential, dynamic and unexpected players in the history of basketball: Stephen Curry. This feature documentary — blending intimate cinéma vérité, archival footage and on camera interviews — documents Curry’s rise from an undersized college player at a small town Division I college to a four-time NBA champion, building one of the most dominant sports dynasties in the world.
Nicks produces alongside Academy Award nominee Ryan Coogler, Erick Peyton, Sean Havey, Ben Cotner and Marissa Torres Ericson. Emily Osborne, Sev Ohanian and Zinzi Coogler are executive producers.
“Stephen Curry: Underrated” joins Apple TV+‘s acclaimed and award-winning sports slate including docuseries and documentaries featuring the real-life stories behind the biggest names in sports such as “Greatness Code,” revealing what truly drives the world’s greatest athletes to succeed featuring Lindsey Vonn, Marcus Rashford, and Russell Wilson, among others; the four-part Emmy Award nominated Earvin “Magic” Johnson docuseries “They Call Me Magic”; “The Long Game: Bigger Than Basketball” about NBA hopeful Makur Maker; and “Make or Break,” following elite World Surf League competitors. Soon to join this slate will be the recently announced feature documentary about seven-time Formula One world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton; and “The Dynasty” a new documentary event series about the New England Patriots, from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries, in association with NFL Films.
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