In an exclusive announcement from Variety, NBA star Lebron James‘s athlete empowerment brand Uninterrupted is teaming up with Noah Media Group to make a documentary on legendary American sprinter Carl Lewis. Uninterrupted will be executive producing the project, which is reportedly already underway. Lewis won 10 Olympic medals (nine of which were gold) in his career as a sprinter and long jumper, but Gabriel Clarke, the film’s co-director and Noah Media’s co-founder, says the documentary will focus on much more than just his achievements on the track or in the jumping pit.
Carl Lewis Documentary in the Works From Noah Media, LeBron James’ Uninterrupted (EXCLUSIVE) https://t.co/7CJZiaBPmI
— Variety (@Variety) March 23, 2023
Lewis was born in Alabama in 1961 and grew up in a house of athletes. His mother competed as a hurdler at the 1951 PanAm Games, his father was a track coach, his brother grew up to play professional soccer and his sister was an Olympic and world championship medallist in the long jump. Lewis was pretty much destined to be an athlete, but he ascended to a level and status that no one could have predicted.
Lewis’s first medals on the world stage came at the 1983 world championships in Helsinki, where he won gold in the 100m, 4 x 100m relay and long jump. A year later, he made his Olympic debut and took home four gold medals (100m, 200m, 4 x 100m and long jump) in front of a home crowd in Los Angeles.
He set multiple world records in his career, including the 100m best on several occasions. His career PB and final 100m world record was 9.86 seconds, a time he ran in 1991 that stood as the mark to beat for three years. His indoor long jump PB of 8.79 metres from 1984 is still the world record.
Delighted to be announcing the first feature film set to release as part of our film content fund, which will focus on sporting and cultural icon @Carl_Lewis, the nine time Olympic track and field gold medalist and 'sportsman and Olympian of the century'.
— Noah Media Group (@noahmediagroup) March 23, 2023
An Uninterrupted project
James and his business partner Maverick Carter co-founded Uninterrupted in 2015. As noted on the company’s website, Uninterrupted is “an athlete empowerment brand … built upon the radical idea that all athletes should have a platform to express themselves without intermediaries.” The company works with athletes “to tell unique, human stories from their point of view.”
As Clarke told Variety, he and the Noah Media team “are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Carl to tell his timely and important story.” Clarke continued, noting that the goal of the film “has always been to capture the true scale of [Lewis’s] sporting and cultural impact, making LeBron, Maverick and the brilliant Uninterrupted team the ideal production teammates.”