Michael Strahan’s Bishop Sycamore Documentary Lands on HBO

by John Jamison
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What happens when a well-meaning football coach tries to help at-risk youth? He creates one of the biggest sports stories of the year after putting a borderline fake high school football team on ESPN against the nation’s best. The Bishop Sycamore scandal has captured the attention of millions.

Now, Michael Strahan is jumping into the mix by producing a documentary about the story for HBO. According to Deadline, Strahan’s team has exclusive access to Roy Johnson. He is the man reportedly behind the scandal.

For those who are unfamiliar with the situation, a few months ago, Bishop Sycamore’s football team took the field against IMG Academy. The latter is likely familiar to sports fans, as it is one of the country’s most elite high school level programs. Bishop Sycamore, though? It was hardly even a school.

As you might expect, the game was an absolute thrashing. IMG below Bishop Sycamore out 58-0 on national television. However, to those who watched the game, something was clearly amiss. One of those teams had absolutely no business playing in that game.

Michael Strahan’s 2022 documentary will explore just how Bishop Sycamore made it their business to compete on ESPN. There are far too many layers to the story for us to delve into here, so we’ll leave it to Strahan and HBO.

Per Deadline, Adam McKay and Todd Schulman are signed on as executive producers. As are Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz-Morini, and Ethan Lewis. The list goes on.

Michael Strahan’s Project One of Multiple Documenting the Bishop Sycamore Story

However, Michael Strahan’s effort isn’t the only upcoming project surrounding the Bishop Sycamore scandal. HartBeat Productions, comedian Kevin Hart’s production company, is creating its own documentary series. The company is doing so alongside Complex Networks, Haven Entertainment, and Klutch Originals.

“As soon as I started following this story, I was immediately drawn to it and knew it was something that myself and my team at HartBeat had to dive into. HBP thrives in the doc-series space. We understand how to break down stories and capture the most interesting and honest moments in a narrative. We know this con comes with a robust backstory and cannot wait to share it with the world,” Kevin Hart told Deadline.

The outlet reports that Kevin Hart’s effort will also have access to former players and coaches surrounding Bishop Sycamore.

“The story of Bishop Sycamore has quickly become one of the most unique roller coaster plots sports has ever seen,” said Complex editor Zion Olojede.

Between Michael Strahan and Kevin Hart, rest assured the documentaries will do this story justice. Strahan is a lifelong football player, and Hart is an entertainer. The difference in perspective should be interesting to watch.

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