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Director Of ESPN's Tom Brady Documentary Sends Clear Message

Tom Brady on the bench before a game against Houston.

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots waits near the bench during the first half of the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

ESPN is producing a nine-part documentary on Tom Brady, set to release in 2021, but don't expect it to be like The Last Dance.

The Last Dance, a 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, featured a ton of behind-the-scenes footage. The TV ratings for the docuseries were massive and, overall, it was a huge success.

The director of the Brady series, titled The Man In The Arena, made it clear that it won't be very similar to The Last Dance.

"It's not Tom Brady's 'Last Dance,'" director Gotham Chopra told Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated. "It's not that. That may or may not exist 20 years from now, I don't know. There's this sort of immediacy to this. ... The premise (of 'The Last Dance') was telling stories about the seasons, whereas (Brady's), it does feel a little bit more real time. Tom continues to be an active player. So the idea is, 'OK, let's talk about these nine seasons, this incredible body of work across 20 years, and how it's still sort of affecting him.'"

It would be impossible for the Brady series to have a similar feel to the Jordan series. Jordan last played for the Bulls more than 20 years ago, while Brady is still playing.

We'll hopefully one day get a very introspective Brady (and Belichick) documentary, but we'll take The Man In The Arena in the meantime.

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ESPN's Tom Brady docuseries is set to be released in 2021.