It could be Showtime for Giants
Thursday, Jan. 13
SAN FRANCISCO — At this rate, the Giants might have to join the Screen Actors Guild.
Showtime is hoping to create a documentary series on the 2010 World Series champions, whose accomplishments already have been captured on the Series DVD, “The Magic Inside” highlights collection and ComCast’s hourlong special that debuted last month.
That doesn’t count the documentary that Plan A Films expects to release in July on outfielder Andres Torres and the circuitous route he has taken toward claiming a World Series ring.
Entertainment Weekly initially reported Showtime’s interest in the Giants, though club insiders knew of the potential for a project during last month’s Winter Meetings, when film crews followed Manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean.
Entertainment Weekly said that the series will be akin to HBO’s “Hard Knocks” project on the New York Jets. EW reported that Showtime wants the project to be handled by Mike Tollin, whose vast experience with sports-related subjects includes ESPN’s “Bonds on Bonds” series in 2006, which briefly chronicled the life of Giants slugger Barry Bonds.
Filming would begin in Spring Training. Would this distract the Giants from their efforts to prepare for Opening Day? Probably not. Tollin is a consummate professional, and much of the videography would be done by Major League Baseball Productions, whose employees know how to behave in clubhouses and dugouts.
— Chris Haft