Kevin Hart, Rich Paul to turn Bishop Sycamore saga into documentary series
Bishop Sycamore hasn't made its last appearance on TV.
After the embattled football team lost 58-0 to IMG Academy on ESPN on Sunday and subsequently ignited a national conversation about its legitimacy, Kevin Hart and Rich Paul are going to turn the story into a documentary series.
According to Deadline, Hart and Paul have secured interviews with current and former players and coaches and will build on Complex's reporting on the story to paint a picture of how the Bishop Sycamore saga unfolded.
“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,” Hart told Deadline. “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.”
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The series is still in the early stages of development. Hart and Paul reportedly are currently seeking a showrunner and editors, and the series does not yet have a broadcaster. There are also plans to create a scripted version of the story in addition to the documentary.
Bishop Sycamore material
There's no shortage of material for Hart and Paul to use in the documentary. Everything from Bishop Sycamore's status as an educational institution to the age of the players in the program has been called into question, and lawsuits continue to surround the team.
Most recently, the Canton hotel where Bishop Sycamore stayed for the IMG Academy game reported the team to the police for invalid checks, former coach Roy Johnson has a bench warrant in Delaware County relating to an unpaid fine in a case from 2020, in which Johnson was originally charged with assault. Johnson pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of criminal mischief. A fine of $1,396.20, which includes court costs, was due Nov. 10 but was never paid.
And as Bishop Sycamore continues to practice and looks for opponents to play this season, it's clear that this story won't have a tidy ending.