Ken Burns Making Film On Muhammad Ali

The PBS documentarian announced Tuesday that he and two partners will make a two-part, four-hour film about the former heavyweight champ, who died last June.

NEW YORK (AP) — The late Muhammad Ali is getting the Ken Burns treatment.

The PBS documentarian announced Tuesday that he and two partners will make a two-part, four-hour film about the former heavyweight champ, who died last June. Burns, his daughter Sarah and David McMahon collaborated for a PBS documentary on Jackie Robinson that debuted last year.

The tentative plan is to air the Ali film in 2021.

Sarah Burns said the outpouring of good will at Ali’s death made it easy to forget how divisive it was when the former Cassius Clay took the Ali name when he converted to Islam and refused to join the Army during the Vietnam War. She said filmmakers want to examine what influenced Ali’s choices and how he stuck with them despite public condemnation.

 

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Gregg Palermo says:

March 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm

America’s favorite draft dodger.

    Veronica Serrano Padilla says:

    March 29, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I thought that was Donald Trumpo the Clown… could throw in a few other presidents too.

    Gene Johnson says:

    March 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    That’s not what the Supreme Court determined, or did you forget (or never know)? Ali won his case though it took many years and deprived him of his livelihood for the duration. I am not a boxing fan, and was never a particular fan of Ali, but it is unfair to denigrate him for exercising his religious liberty. Or don’t you believe in that right?


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