Big players suit up for ESPN's '30 for 30'
EmptyBarbara Kopple and NBA star Steve Nash have signed on for ESPN Films' "30 for 30" initiative, which will see 30 filmmakers make hourlong films on a subject from the past three decades in sports.
The pair joins Mike Tollin, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Davis Guggenheim and the team of Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben, who were previously announced.
Lee, who also directed "Game Day With Kobe" for ESPN Films' fall/winter 2008 slate, and Nash were on hand Thursday at the network's session during the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton.
Nash will make his directorial debut telling the story of late Canadian athlete Terry Fox, a cancer survivor who ran a marathon with a prosthetic leg. The subject of Kopple's project has not been determined.
ESPN Films also said it has added "Greatest Game Ever Played" to its fall/winter slate. It will recount the 1958 NFL championship game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants. (partialdiff)