Showtime Sports Announces Wilt Chamberlain Documentary ‘Goliath’

Showtime Sports will release a new Wilt Chamberlain documentary series soon, the premium cabler announced on Thursday. The three-part documentary series “Goliath” claims to explore Wilt Chamberlain’s prolific life, career, and impact. “Brash and confident, Chamberlain changed the way the game is played, broke records and racial barriers and challenged the unwritten rules for all athletes, especially black basketball players, conforming to his own standards on or off the court,” according to the blurb.

Using AI to reproduce Wilt Chamberlain’s voice, the Hall of Famer will tell his own tale using historical film provided by the Wilt Chamberlain estate. Beginning with Chamberlain’s rise to national prominence as a high school student in the 1950s and continuing through his death in 1999, each episode will delve into a different aspect of his cultural effect, concentrating on power, money, race, sex, politics, and celebrity.

“It was an honor and privilege for my team and me to share Wilt’s incredible legacy with the world,” Garnett told reporters. “Wilt’s cultural influence as a prominent outspoken African American athlete was revolutionary, especially at a period when social strength was not widely accepted. Without Wilt, there would be no KG, [Michael] Jordan, Hakeem [Olajuwon], LeBron [James], Kobe [Bryant], or Shaq. We’re all standing on his strong shoulders. We all owe a particular appreciation to Barbara Lewis and Wilt’s family for giving us complete access and trust, which was required to convey this incredible story. GOLIATH is not just a tribute to Wilt’s incredible career, but also a celebration of the legacy he left on and off the basketball court.

“Goliath” is produced by Village Roadshow Television and Gotham Chopra’s Religion of Sports, in collaboration with Kevin Garnett’s Content Cartel, Happy Madison Productions, and Heeltap! Entertainment.

The series will debut on demand and streaming on July 14 for all Paramount+ and Showtime subscribers, followed by an on-air debut on Showtime on July 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, with episodes releasing every Sunday.

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