Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society will collaborate on a limited TV series with Amazon Studios about the life of the legendary boxer and activist Muhammad Ali. Ali’s estate is also set to be involved in the production.
Jordan’s Outlier Society TV studio deal had been with Amazon Studios and recently made a new deal that has an exclusive overall pact for television and a film deal to help showcase movies with more diverse filmmaking talent according to Deadline.com
Outlier Society and Roc Nation will executively produce the limited TV series while the series will be written by Josh Wakely. Jordan will not play Ali but rather focus on finding another talent.
In an exclusive interview with Deadline featuring himself and Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke, Creed actor told them:
“It’s an incredible honor and I bring tons of respect to it. “It’s a healthy weight to carry, to be able to tell the story of Muhammad Ali. 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, but 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, and I know Jen and Amazon are as well.”
“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, and we are still in 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.” – Michael B. Jordan
For the full interview and to see what else Salke and Jordan had to say check it out on Deadline.com. The film is set to be released on April 30th.