Kobe Bryant

As Los Angeles Laker star Kobe Bryant prepares for his return to the NBA next season, Showtime is set to air the original documentary film "Kobe Bryant's Muse," which is described as an in-depth look into the life, inspirations and challenges facing one of professional sports most visible figures.

The feature-length documentary is directed by Gotham Chopra ("Decoding Deepak," and ESPN's 30 For 30 film, "The Little Master"). It will air this fall on the Showtime network.

"Kobe Bryant's Muse will offer viewers a deep character portrait of a professional athlete who has transcended his sport to become a culture-moving personality," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Showtime Sports. "We are thrilled that Kobe has given us this unprecedented access, which will allow our viewers to witness such a challenging period of time in the life of one of the NBA's greatest players."

"As a lifelong Boston Celtics fan, never did I imagine I would collaborate with Laker great Kobe Bryant," said Gotham Chopra. "Kobe's quest for greatness transcends rivalries and I'm excited by his and Showtime's willingness to go down this rabbit hole together. I'm confident audiences will be intrigued by what comes out the other side."

The documentary will examine Bryant's storied basketball career, detailing his mentorships, allies and rivalries that have helped shape his 18-year tenure in the NBA. 

"Kobe Bryant's Muse" is executive produced by Kobe Bryant and Gotham Chopra in association with Mamba Media.

Bryant was also at the center of "Kobe Doin' Work," the 2009 documentary film directed by Spike Lee, which focused on the NBA star during one day of the 2007–08 Los Angeles Lakers season. Bryant granted Spike and 30 cameras unprecedented access to his life for one day. It premiered on ESPN on May 16, 2009.

A first teaser/trailer for "Kobe Bryant's Muse" is embedded below: