Amazon Studios President Jennifer Salke officially announced the mini-series about Muhammad Ali’s life. The series, which will be broadcast under the name The Greatest, will be developed in collaboration with Michael B. Jordan’s production studio Outlier Society. The actor is sought to portray Muhammad Ali in the series that will focus on Ali’s activist character and his aspects we have never seen before. The script will be written by Beat Bugs creator Josh Wakely.
In an interview with Deadline, Michael B. Jordan made the following statements. “It’s an incredible honor and I bring tons of respect to it.” He told Deadline in an exclusive interview with Jordan and Amazon’s Salke. “It’s a healthy weight to carry, to be able to tell the story of Muhammad Ali. Also, It’s called The Greatest right now and we’re partnered with Roc Nation on the music side of things. It’s a project where we’ve partnered with the estate and we’ll be able to tell this story with no red tape.
It’s a limited series that will really dive into the life of Muhammad Ali. I’m not going to be too specific beyond that. However, we’ll be able to get to know him in ways we haven’t had a chance to before. I’m really excited about it, as a boxing enthusiast, and since this is the world I’ve been living in the past five or six years with the Creed franchise. To be able to honor Muhammad Ali and elaborate on his legacy is something I’m really excited about. Also, I know Jen and Amazon are as well. ”
Mini-Series The Greatest, About The Life of Muhammad Ali, Officially Announced
The story of Muhammad Ali was previously adapted to the big screen with the 2001 movie Ali, directed by Michael Mann. One Night In Miami, also by Regina King and starring Leslie Odom Jr, Jim Brown, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Eli Goree was released last month. Jordan also included the following statements. “This is character-driven and compelling. People know Muhammad Ali from his boxing days, but this is an opportunity to go beyond the ring, and more into the man. It’s going to give more of a 360-degree view of who he was. And no, I’m not playing that guy, I can say that for sure. Besides, we are still in the early stages here and can’t say too much. We are still putting the pieces together, but it feels like something to look forward to in the future.
The release date of the series has not been announced yet.