U.S. premium cable network HBO has greenlit a multi-part documentary directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Antoine Fuqua about the life and career of the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment and Fuqua Films, the project combines private archival footage, never-before-seen photographs and cinematic recreations to paint an intimate portrait of Ali as a longtime heavyweight champion, social activist and pop culture icon while exploring the fighter’s greatest triumphs and comebacks inside and outside of the ring.
The film is being produced with full participation from the Muhammad Ali family estate coordinated through Jamie Salter, chair and CEO of the Authentic Brands Group, the majority stakeholder of the Muhammad Ali brand.
Production on the as-yet titled film, which marks HBO’s foray into feature-length originals, is currently underway.
Executive producers on the film include LeBron James, Antoine Fuqua, Maverick Carter, Paul Wachter, Bill Gerber, Jamie Salter and Glen Zipper. It is being written by Steven Leckhart and produced by Sean Stuart.
“Muhammad Ali is indisputably one of the most iconic and distinctive figures in the history of world sports,” said HBO Miniseries president Kary Antholis in a statement. “His impact resonates far beyond the boxing ring and is woven deep into the cultural and social tapestry of the second half of the 20th century. From the moment LeBron James told us of his deep visceral connection to Ali’s life and legacy, we were committed to helping him realize this film, and our enthusiasm has only grown as Antoine Fuqua has developed his compelling cinematic vision for telling one man’s incredible journey.”