Magic Johnson has been convinced to partner with David Arquette’s XTR Productions whose set to co-produce a full-length documentary based on Magic’s extraordinary life on and off the basketball courts.
The Los Angeles Lakers selected Magic Johnson first overall in the 1979 National Basketball Association draft. In 1980, The Magic Man won Rookie of Year, an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award and his first NBA Championship ring with his beloved Lakers. He helped drive the Lakers to four more championships in the 1980s. Magic, affectionately known as “Buck” to his friends, was the charismatic leader of the Dream Team, the United States’ representatives to the Barcelona 1992 Olympics. The team, which included Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley, essentially put basketball on the Olympic map, thanks to a series of scintillating displays. On Nov. 7, 1991, Johnson boldly announced he had contacted HIV and would be retiring from the league effective immediately. On Jan. 30, 1996, he returned to regular season action with a classic display of his all-around skills, ending a four-year retirement following his positive HIV test. It would be his last year of professional basketball. Johnson retired from the Nation Basketball Association in 1996 at the age of 37.
The documentary will explore Magic’s ownerships in a variety of enterprises, including the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Sparks and the Los Angeles Football Club. He has also seen success in areas outside sports, including Starbuck franchises, Magic Johnson Theaters, Founder’s National Bank, TGIF franchise and Equitrust Life Insurance. It will also showcase A Mid-Summer’s Night Magic Weekend Festivals, the basketball-themed fundraiser for the Johnson Foundation, brings together athletes, entertainment professionals and academics to raise funds for the Taylor Michael Scholarship program, which helps minority students with college costs.
“This documentary is a love letter to a beautiful human being,” said David Arquette.