Rejoice, people. NBA Jam will soon be the center of an upcoming documentary from Emmy-nominated director Sean Menard (The Carter Effect), who will explore the creation and rise of the iconic arcade classic. It's based on the 2019 book from journalist Reyan Ali and is being spearheaded by BestCrosses Studios, the production arm of the popular social media channel.
“When NBA Jam hit the arcade, I was barely tall enough to reach the joystick and view the screen at the same time,” Menard tells Variety. “But while literally standing on my toes, I was completely immersed in a game that allowed me the creative freedom to perform out-of-this world feats of athleticism. This was during a tipping point for the NBA as the league was bursting with excitement and culture that was appealing to a younger fan base."
“Our film is more than just an original story about the most successful sports game of all time. There are various sub-plots that detail how gaming was transitioning from arcades to home entertainment and how it would eventually lead to the demise of Midway,” adds Menard.