Add this to the growing list of upcoming Muhammad Ali projects.
A new documentary from the executive producer of the critically-acclaimed Searching for Sugar Man, and The Imposter, Passion Pictures, said to be centered on the recorded conversations of Ali.
Speaking to ScreenDaily, executive producer John Battsek (who claims When We Were Kings was an inspiration) said: “It’s a film built around phone conversations that Ali recorded for many years with his family. That’s the spine of the film. It’s a very personal perspective on Ali, from Ali – in a way – through a 20-year period of his life when he was still fighting.”
Titled I Am Ali, and financed by NBC Universal, the film is being directed by Clare Lewins, and will feature interviews, archive and audio archive, and is currently in post-production, aiming for a late 2013 release.
While Ali himself isn't directly involved in the project, he's said to be aware of it.
Other Ali-related docs on the horizon include, The Trials Of Muhammad Ali, from Kartemquin Films, which takes a look at Ali’s battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing US military service during the Vietnam War; and Stephen Frears' Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, which examines the same case, but from the POV of the Supreme Court.