New episodes of Netflix’s docuseries Untold are coming this summer. Featuring four new episodes, the docuseries event will launch with an episode chronicling the rise of controversial YouTuber and fighter Jake Paul. It will be the first of four stories told across four weeks, as after Jake Paul the Problem Child debuts on Aug. 1, a new episode will follow each week.
Untold: Jake Paul the Problem Child kicks off Vol. 3. It is directed by Andrew Renzi (Pepsi, Where’s My Jet?), and the official description for the episode from Netflix is as follows:
“At 26, is Jake Paul the boxing world’s new savior or a “delusional” promoter who packs more punch in his marketing skills than in his right hand? It depends on whom you ask in Untold: Jake Paul the Problem Child, an unflinching deep dive into how a wide-eyed kid from Ohio morphed from Internet sensation to most polarizing man in sports. For every high-profile critic (UFC president Dana White), there’s another supporter in his corner (former professional boxer Mike Tyson). In 2013, Jake and his older brother, Logan, lit up social media with pranks and antics posted first to Vine and then a YouTube channel that racked up millions of views. The brothers parlayed their online success into lucrative side hustles, with Jake releasing music and landing a role on a Disney Channel show (Bizaardvark). As their notoriety grew, so did tensions between the once-close siblings. When Jake’s real-life controversies nearly ruined his career, he got a second chance as a boxer who shocked skeptics as he knocked out one opponent after another. Built on gripping interviews with the Paul brothers – along with their parents, fans, fellow boxers, and the skeptical old guard – the film culminates with a nail-biting match that will prove if Jake has what it takes to rule his new kingdom.”
On Aug. 8, Untold Vol. 3 will debut the episode Untold: Johnny Football. Directed by Ryan Duffy (Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist), the episode tells the story of controversial NFL star Johnny Manziel. The episode’s description reads:
“In 2012, the brightest star in all of sports was an undersized freshman quarterback at unheralded Texas A&M, whose fervor on the field was rivaled only by his hard-partying ways off it. Dubbed “Johnny Football,” the magnetic football player captured the nation’s attention and initially relished his alter ego: “I wanted to be Johnny Football. Johnny Football never had a bad time,” he says. But as the money rolled in, the scrutiny heightened, and Manziel rejected his newfound fame and suddenly lost his way. With astonishing candor, Manziel – along with his family, coaches, his former best friend, and his agent – details what happened behind the scenes as scandals piled up in the glare of paparazzi flashbulbs. He fumbled his shot at NFL success after the Cleveland Browns picked him in the first round of the NFL draft in 2014, but Manziel went on to search for something even greater: inner peace and happiness with a quieter life that he reveals here.”
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The third story highlights Victor Conte’s doping scandal, and it arrives on Netflix on Aug. 15. Titled Untold: Hall of Shame, it is directed by Bryan Storkel (The Legend of Cocaine Island, The Pez Outlaw). The episode’s description is as follows:
“Victor Conte’s name is synonymous with the biggest doping scandal ever to rock the sports community, ensnaring top athletes such as baseball great Barry Bonds and track-and-field legends Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery. For 16 years, Conte swears BALCO Laboratories, his supplement and nutrition company based in the Bay Area, never dabbled in illegal, performance-enhancing drugs. But by 2000, he went to the dark side and became the go-to guy for athletes in search of steroids, fame, and world records. The film features interviews with several of Conte’s notable former associates – including Montgomery and the anti-doping and IRS authorities who helped send him to prison after a 42-count indictment – give harrowing testimony as the legend of one of sports’ most notorious names continues to unfold.”
Untold Vol. 3 concludes with Untold: Swamp Kings, chronicling the rise of the Florida Gators as underdogs to two-time BCS National Championships winners. The episode debuts on Aug. 22 and is directed by Katharine English (First Ladies, Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution). The episode’s description reads:
“College football is life in Florida, nowhere more apparent than in the extraordinary story of the Florida Gators from 2005 to 2010. After a blazing run in the 1990s under Coach Steve Spurrier, the University of Florida’s winning streak had dried up by 2005. Enter Urban Meyer, the Gators’ demanding new head coach whose take-no-prisoners style breeds not only a string of legendary victories, but also unrelenting drama that rippled well beyond the locker room. In their own words through extensive sit-down interviews paired with archival footage, Meyer and the titans he coached (Brandon Siler, Tim Tebow, Brandon Spikes, Major Wright, and Ahmad Black, among many others) give viewers a bird’s-eye view of how they catapulted the Florida Gators from underdogs to winners of two BCS National Championships. Drilling down with a riveting play-by-play of some of the Gators’ most blistering wins and losses, this four-episode docuseries zooms in on each turbulent year of Meyer’s reign and isn’t afraid to tackle the challenging sides of his leadership and the perils of his players being star athletes at such a young age.”
Untold is developed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way. The two also executive produced with Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, and Isabel San Vargas for Propagate, as well as Ryan Duffy, Doug Banker, Mike Seander, and Raw TV’s Louise Norman and Tom Sheahan. Propagate and Stardust Frames Productions produced Jake Paul the Problem Child, Johnny Football, and Hall of Shame, while Raw TV produced Swamp Kings in association with Propagate, The Players’ Tribune, and Stardust Frames.
As noted above, Untold Vol. 3 will launch on Netflix with Untold: Jake Paul the Problem Child on Aug. 1, 2023. Subsequent new episodes will drop on Aug. 8, Aug. 15, and Aug. 22. Previous episodes of Untold are also streaming on Netflix, and Vol. 4 will arrive in 2024.