U.S. premium cable net HBO is set to debut the previously-announced Muhammad Ali doc What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali on May 14.
The two-part doc, directed by Training Day and The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua, follows the iconic boxer’s triumphs, challenges and comebacks using recordings of Ali’s voice as well as archival footage, including some previously unseen.
The first chapter looks at Ali’s early life as Cassius Clay, including his gold medal win at the Rome Olympics, becoming heavyweight champ at 22, converting to Islam and developing a close relationship with Malcolm X, and refusing to fight in Vietnam. Chapter two looks at his later life, going on a tour fighting his nemeses and becoming a goodwill ambassador and philanthropist.
The film is a Sutter Road Picture Company production in association with Fuqua Films and SpringHill Entertainment, with executive producers, LeBron James, Antoine Fuqua, Maverick Carter, Paul Wachter, Bill Gerber, Jamie Salter and Glen Zipper. It is produced by Sean Stuart. Kat Samick of Fuqua Films is co-executive producer.
It was produced with the cooperation of the Muhammad Ali family estate and Jamie Salter, founder, chairman and CEO of Authentic Brands Group, which has been active in preserving the Ali legacy and brand.
“Muhammad Ali transcended sports in a way the world had never seen before,” said James, in a statement. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to tell his incredible and important story for the coming generations. He showed us all the courage and conviction it takes to stand up for what you believe in. He changed forever what we expect a champion to be, and I’m grateful that SpringHill gets to be a part of continuing his legacy.”
“Muhammad Ali had a deep impact on me from an early age,” added Fuqua. “Being given the opportunity to tell his story, both inside and outside the ring, is a privilege and a dream come true.”
What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali premieres May 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Both parts will air back to back. It will also be available on HBO Go, HBO Now, HBO on Demand and on partners’ streaming platforms.