With some help from LeBron James, we’ll soon be getting a much closer look at the life of one of the greatest athletes of all time.
On Monday, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming president Kary Antholis announced the company has begun production on a multi-part documentary centered around the life and career of Muhammad Ali. The untitled documentary will be the first feature-length HBO production from James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment, which signed a content deal with Warner Bros last year.
“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,” said James. “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. It’s important that his story continues for generations to come, and it’s an honor for SpringHill Entertainment and me to be a part of this.”
The project is being directed by Antoine Fuqua – the man behind Training Day, The Magnificent Seven and Southpaw – and is being produced in partnership with the Muhammad Ali family estate. It will feature never-before-seen photos of Ali, as well as archival video to explore his “greatest triumphs and comebacks, painting an intimate portrait of a man who, against all odds, dreamed and achieved the impossible, over and over again.”
“Muhammad Ali meant many things to many people, and he is someone who had a deep impact on me from an early age,” said Fuqua, who will also help produce the documentary via Fuqua Films. “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.'”
Ali passed away on June of this year following a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. There is currently no release date for the documentary.