RUSH Screenwriter Peter Morgan to Pen Ang Lee’s 3D Boxing Film; Reveals Plot Details

     October 2, 2013


Having just tackled a classic Formula 1 rivalry in Ron Howard’s Rush, screenwriter Peter Morgan is now set to craft a film around the historic boxing matches between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.  A few months ago, we learned that Ang Lee had settled on an untitled 3D film about the boxing world of the 1960s and 1970s as his Life of Pi follow-up, and now Morgan has revealed that he will be penning the screenplay for the Universal pic.  Morgan, who also wrote The Queen, Frost/Nixon, and Howard’s upcoming sea epic In the Heart of the Sea, went on to reveal a bit about what we can expect from the film, in which Lee intends to digitally incorporate actors into existing fight footage of Ali and Frazier.  Hit the jump to read on.

ang-lee-muhammad-ali-boxing-movieSpeaking with the Daily Mail (via The Playlist), Morgan talked a bit about the film’s focus and Lee’s approach:

“It’s a look at how brutal the confrontations were between Ali and Frazier. They were marked by how aggressive Ali was towards Frazier out of the ring. He taunted and belittled him… [Lee] wants to work with 3D technology that will make an audience feel as if they’re inside the ring.  Lee wants to use actual footage of the fights and incorporate whoever is cast to play the boxers into it.”

It’s a fittingly ambitious approach for Lee, who spent nearly a decade bringing Life of Pi to the screen.  Morgan said that he won’t be finished with the screenplay until late next year, so don’t expect to see the untitled pic onscreen anytime soon; 2016 at the earliest would probably be a safe estimate.



Around The Web

Latest News

New SOUTHPAW Clip: Rachel McAdams Fights for Family over Boxing

Antoine Fuqua's latest is due in theaters on July 24th.

GHOSTBUSTERS Reboot Adds Michael K. Williams and Andy Garcia

Williams is also in talks for a major role in 'Assassin's Creed'.

SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM Images Reveal Pixar’s Next Short Film

The Hindu-influenced story and animation could pull Pixar out of its short film funk.

Tyler Posey on TEEN WOLF’s Goriest Season Yet, His Desire to Direct, and More

The actor teases what's to come in Season 5 of the MTV series.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Will Be “The True Birth of the X-Men”

Bryan Singer says the next ‘X-Men’ movie will be a “kind of conclusion” for the long-running franchise.

AMC Movie Talk Is Now Collider Movie Talk

John Campea and his AMC Movie Talk video team are joining Collider.

Exclusive: CRIMSON PEAK Poster Has Tom Hiddleston Giving a Dead Sexy Stare

Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming gothic horror film also stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam.

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Concept Art Reveals Superheroes Galore

It's 'The Avengers' on The CW, basically.

Ben Affleck Gets into the Marvel vs. DC Debate

The ‘Batman v Superman’ star says the DC movies are “more mythic” and not “as glib” as Marvel films.

DEADPOOL Gets an Entertainment Weekly Cover for Comic-Con

Does this confirm that the Merc with a Mouth will be at Comic-Con?

Page 1 of 4,02912345...102030...Last »