Muhammad Ali HBO Documentary To Be Produced By LeBron James

“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.

LeBron James is teaming with Antoine Fuqua for a docu-series about late boxing champion Muhammad Ali, the Atlanta Black Star states. The as-yet-untitled project, which is currently in production, will be executive produced by the athlete’s SpringHill Entertainment and the filmmaker’s Fuqua Films.

HBO announced the news Monday, Dec. 12, noting the multi-part docu-series has the complete backing of the Ali estate and will feature archival footage and re-enactments about the boxer’s life and career. Additionally, the family provided never-before-seen photos and footage for the effort. An air date has not yet been released.

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. “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.”

Ali died in June at the age of 74. The three-time heavyweight boxing champion made a mark on history not just for his athletic prowess but also for his activism, which included refusing to fight in the Vietnam War and joining the Nation of Islam, which focuses on Black self-empowerment. The latter led him to change his name from Cassius Clay to his well-known moniker.

Such life experiences are what his widow, Lonnie Ali spoke about in her statement.

I’m hopeful this documentary will engage the audience in a similar way Muhammad engaged his audience and fans,” she said. “Without a doubt, Muhammad’s life journey provides simple yet extraordinary lessons for all of us, with perhaps the most important one being to see and embrace the humanity in all people.”

Fuqua, who will direct the series, added that Ali made an impression on him early on.

“Being given the opportunity to tell his story, both inside and outside of the ring, is a privilege and a dream come true,” Fuqua said. “And I couldn’t have found better partners than LeBron and HBO to help memorialize ‘The Greatest of All Time.’”

The project will add to the acclaimed filmmaker’s already impressive list of works, including “The Magnificent Seven,” “South Paw” and “Training Day.”

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, according to Rolling Stone. “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.'”

“We are at a perfect time in history, and in our lives as Americans, to welcome this special documentary on Muhammad with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment and HBO,” Ali’s widow Lonnie Ali said, USA Today reports.

This documentary will have national and global appeal. I’m hopeful this documentary will engage the audience in a similar way Muhammad engaged his audience and fans. Without a doubt, Muhammad’s life journey provides simple yet extraordinary lessons for all of us, with perhaps the most important one being, to see and embrace the humanity in all people.”

James’ and Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment will produce the documentary along with executive producers Fuqua Films, Paul Wachter, Bill Gerber, Jamie Salter and Glen Zipper. Antonie Fuqua, best known for the Oscar-winning drama Training Day, will direct the documentary, which will explore Ali’s greatest triumphs and comebacks, according to the news release.

In November, James told USA TODAY Sports that he and Carter had pledged $2.5 to Ali’s exhibit titled “Muhammad Ali: A Force of Change.” James is a longtime admirer of Ali.

Muhammad Ali is such a cornerstone of me as an athlete because of what he represented not only in the ring as a champion but more outside the ring — what he stood for, what he spoke for, his demeanor,” James said in an exclusive interview about the exhibit.

I think of him every day. Without his passion and goals and morals, I don’t know if I’d be sitting here today talking to you about it.”

James and the Cavaliers plan to visit the museum during a trip to Washington, D.C. to play the Wizards in early February.

Muhammad Ali is arguably the best boxing legend the world has ever had. Therefore, a documentary about his life is a step in the right direction. This upcoming multi-part documentary will reveal to us all more intimately, the personality of the late Ali. It will also serve as a source of reference to posterity.

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