Amazon is giving number one ranked men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic the docu-series treatment.
The series, which has the working title “Novak,” will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., UK, Germany, Austria and Japan.
Based on a concept by Alberto Scarpetta and Novak Djokovic, “Novak” will follow the 29-year-old Serbian tennis champion over the next tennis season, both on the court and behind-the-scenes, exploring everything from his mental, fitness and nutrition routines and daily journal entries to his work in education reform with the Novak Djokovic Foundation and charities such as UNICEF and trips to his hometown in Serbia.
Djokovic has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, the fourth most in history, including a record six Australian Open titles, three Wimbledon titles, two US Open titles and one French Open title. He broke the single-season record with six titles in 2015, winning 31 consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series matches. He also won the ATP World Tour Finals five times and was a member of the Serbian team that won the 2010 Davis Cup.
“Novak” is being co-produced by The WorkShop (“The Haney Project,” “The Vince Papale Story”) and Film 45 (“On Freddie Roach,” “Live to Tell”), founded by director/producer/actor Peter Berg (“Lone Survivor,” the upcoming “Deepwater Horizon” and “Patriots Day”).
Djokovic and Scarpetta will executive produce along with The WorkShop’s Tom Farrell and Todd Donnelly, Film 45’s Berg, Matthew Goldberg and Brandon Carroll, and The Alternative Co.’s John Ferriter. John Henion (“Fearless,” “Chef’s Table,” “Road to the Show”) will serve as co-executive producer and showrunner. Former professional tennis player Boris Kodjoe and former UCLA All American and NCAA champion Philipp Gruendler are also onboard as co-executive producer and consulting producer, respectively.
Amazon’s previous original docu-series include “The New Yorker Presents,” “All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals,” produced with NFL Films, and “Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse.”
The ecommerce giant’s documentary output has paled in comparison to that of chief rival Netflix, which has earned a total of four Oscar nominations for its documentary features, including a pair earlier this year for “What Happened, Miss Simone” and “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.” Netflix is unveiling its new slate of documentaries — “Amanda Knox” (Netflix premiere: Sept. 30), “Into the Inferno” (Netflix premiere: Oct. 28), “The Ivory Game” (Netflix premiere: Nov. 4) and “The White Helmets” (Netflix premiere: Sept. 16) — at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which runs through Sept. 18.