The feature-length film, which will be directed by Oscar nominee Hubert Davis, will chronicle systemic racism in the sport, spanning from the Colored Hockey League in Maritimes Canada to the present-day National Hockey League and its meager number of Black players.
“I was not only surprised but inspired to learn about the stories of the often overlooked and unheralded black pioneers of hockey,” Davis said in a statement. “I think it is more important than ever before for all generations, particularly young people of color, to understand and see the diverse faces who have contributed and shaped one the essential fabrics of our country.”
The film will be created under Uninterrupted Canada, which was co-founded by CEO Scott Moore and chief content officer Vinay Virmani, in partnership with Drake, and The SpringHill Company, which James founded alongside Carter. Uninterrupted Canada and The SpringHill Company have a slew of impressive film credits under their belts — the former’s repertoire includes Anything is Possible and Family First: Meet the Nurses, while the latter boasts Space Jam: A New Legacy, More Than a Game and The Carter Effect.
“This project presents a rich opportunity to explore a remarkable part of sports history,” Virmani said. “Despite the hardships and struggles, this story is about resilience and how society views itself today while offering a path forward to a more equitable and inclusive future.”