The life and career of the late Muhammad Ali will be the subject of an untitled documentary from LeBron James and Antoine Fuqua, HBO announced Monday. Fuqua will direct the multi-part event while also producing under his Fuqua Films banner. James, meanwhile, will be producing under his and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment.
“It’s tough to put into words how much it means to me to be a part of this project honoring the legacy and telling the extremely important story of the great Muhammad Ali,” James said in a press release. “He transcended sports and used his platform to empower people, which paved the way for all athletes and people of every race and gender that came after him, myself included.”
For Fuqua, who’s previously directed confirmed classics like Training Day, the project is a lifelong dream that’s finally becoming reality. “Muhammad Ali meant many things to many people, and he is someone who had a deep impact on me from an early age,” Fuqua saidMonday. “Being given the opportunity to tell his story, both inside and outside of the ring, is a privilege, and a dream come true, and I couldn’t have found better partners than LeBron and HBO to help memorialize ‘The Greatest of All Time.'”
The documentary, produced “with full participation” of the Muhammad Ali family estate, will include both archival footage and “gorgeous, cinematic recreations” of some of the late legend’s most iconic moments. The Ali family is also contributing never-before-seen video and photos from private collections. Though a release date hasn’t been set, let’s hope we get this at some point in 2017. We’re gonna need it.
source: complex.com BY TRACE WILLIAM COWEN