Ang Lee has settled on his next directorial project after winning the Best Director Oscar for last year’s Life of Pi. Deadline reports that Lee will next helm an untitled 3D film for Universal that’s described as “an epic look at the boxing world of the 1960s and 1970s, as seen through the prism of its biggest rivalries and greatest fights.” The film will include 3D depictions of classic fights, including Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s Thrilla in Manila, but it will also have a narrative that connects the sequences. It’s unclear exactly what this narrative is, but Lee is not really one to repeat himself so I imagine we’re in for something wholly unique. Life of Pi showcased some of the best use of 3D ever, so visually this new film should be pretty exciting.
The report notes that Lee has an eye towards taking “the exploration of 3D technology and cutting-edge visual effects further,” so I can’t wait to see him put that to use against the backdrop of boxing’s heyday. Lee initially signed on to direct the FX pilot Tyrant as his Life of Pi follow-up, but subsequently dropped out.