Filmmaker Ang Lee, who won the Oscar for directing "Life Of Pi", will next be helming a project based on boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
In this June 15, 1975, file photo, world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali shouts "Joe Bugner must go!" to Malaysian fans during a training session for his fight against Bugner in Kuala Lumpur. (AP Photo/File)
According to reports, the next project at Universal Pictures is an epic look at the boxing world of the 1960s and 1970s, as seen through the prism of its biggest rivalries and greatest fights. That will include the showdown between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali that was called the Thrilla In Manila. Peter Morgan will write the script.
The movie will have a narrative that connects the 3D depiction of some of boxing's great fights, and Lee will produce the film with his longtime producing partner James Schamus, reported Deadline.
Schamus, who is CEO of Universal-based Focus Features, has collaborated in a writing-producing capacity with Lee on films that range from "Eat Drink Man Woman to Sense And Sensibility", "The Ice Storm, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "Hulk" and "Brokeback Mountain".