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Barry Bonds documentary announced by HBO

May 31, 2023, 2:15 PM

Former San Francisco Giants player Barry Bonds looks on during a Wall of Fame induction ceremony fo...

Former San Francisco Giants player Barry Bonds looks on during a Wall of Fame induction ceremony for Hunter Pence before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 17, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Barry Bonds, one of the Bay Area’s most popular and polarizing sports figures, is getting a documentary.

First reported by Deadline’s Matthew Carey, the project “will include a diverse cast of influential figures from Barry Bonds’ life and career.” It’s unknown how involved Barry Bonds will be with the documentary as the press release includes this sentence: “The opportunity for Bonds to actively participate and share firsthand experiences remains available.”

“Using archival footage and original interviews, the film will chronicle Bonds’ emergence as one of the game’s most talented all-around players with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants and then his years as a superstar with the Giants when he rewrote the record book in his late 30s amid controversy.”

Bonds spent 22 years in the majors, starting his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before becoming a San Francisco Giant in 1993. The seven-time MVP retired with an MLB-record 762 home runs. Despite his accomplishments, Bonds’ career is shrouded in controversy, being closely associated with baseball’s steroid scandal.

The yet-to-be-titled documentary is set to be directed by Keith McQuirter (By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem) and executive produced by Connor Schell and Libby Geist, who also produced the docuseries The Last Dance.

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