ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series has been a wild success, and perhaps no film in the series has been more critically acclaimed than “The U” which focused on the intertwining of the growing hip-hop scene in Miami and the Hurricane football program that won four national titles between 1983 and 1991.
The Worldwide Leader is filming a sequel to its most popular documentary, according to SI.com’s Richard Deitsch.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 20, 2014
According to Deitsch, the film’s working title is “The U: Part 2” and it will reunite “The U” director Billy Corben and producer Alfred Spellman. It is set to air this winter and will be two hours long.
“The original film followed the transformation from a Miami football program that went largely unnoticed to ‘The U’ and all that [associated with it] both on and off the field,” an ESPN Films spokesperson told Deitsch. “It became a cult classic and remains one of the most talked-about ’30 for 30′ films we’ve ever done. But that narrative didn’t end in the early 90’s and this sequel will pick up where the original left off.”
The film is expected to have interviews with a variety of players that played at Miami in the late 1990s and early 2000s, many of which went on to star in the NFL.
The list of Hurricanes to play at Miami in that era is impressive: Frank Gore, Devin Hester, Ray Lewis, Clinton Portis, Warren Sapp, Jeremy Shockey, Jonathan Vilma, Reggie Wayne, Kellen Winslow Jr. and Vince Wilfork, Willis McGahee, and Phillip Buchanon.
At the time of its release “The U” was the most-watched documentary in ESPN’s history.