Antoine Fuqua and LeBron James Team Up for Muhammad Ali Documentary

ali-hbo-documentaryDirector Antoine Fuqua and NBA star LeBron James have teamed up with HBO and the Ali family to bring the story of late legend Muhammad Ali to the network.

Production on the Fuqua-helmed, multi-part documentary about the life and career of Muhammad Ali has begun and will be HBO’s first feature-length original. The film will feature never-before-seen footage of the Champ and “explore Ali’s greatest triumphs and comebacks. It will paint an intimate portrait of a man who, against all odds, repeatedly dreamed and achieved the impossible,” reports THR.

“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 LeBron James, who will serve as executive producer on the film. “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.”

“Muhammad Ali meant many things to many people, and he is someone who had a deep impact on me from an early age,” said the movie’s director and executive producer Antoine Fuqua. “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’s family is fully cooperating with HBO on the project. His wife at the time of his death, Lonnie, says she hopes that “the documentary will engage the audience in a similar way Muhammad engaged his audience and fans.”

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