CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - King James is set to tell the story of The Greatest.
HBO says Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James will be the executive producer of a documentary on Muhammad Ali for the network. The film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, who also helmed the boxing drama, "Southpaw," and "Training Day." Fuqua will also produce.
"Muhammad Ali is indisputably one of the most iconic and distinctive figures in the history of world sports," said Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and CINEMAX Programming. "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."
James says in a statement announcing the still-untitled project that Ali "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."
HBO says the documentary will combine archival footage and gorgeous, cinematic recreations that will transport viewers into the ring and at home with "The Greatest of All Time." The production will also feature never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections of the Ali family and others.
Ali died June 3 at the age of 74.
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