By: M. Swift
Best known for his documentaries such as The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, and 2012’s The Central Park Five, Ken Burns is working on a new boxing documentary on Muhammad Ali. His first boxing documentary was 2004’s Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.
Plans for Muhammad Ali
The team plans for the documentary to run for four hours with two parts. This might seem a bit on the short side for Burns documentary, but they tend to run short in episode length when focusing on individuals while events, movements, and “history of” topics tend to run for several episodes.
A major focus of the project will be the World Champion leaving Cassius Clay behind, becoming Muhammad Ali, and the political and social fallout at the time. It is expected out in 2021.
The team behind the documentary will include Burns, his daughter Sarah, and David McMahon. The trio worked on The Central Park Five and last year’s Jackie Robinson, which starred Jamie Fox as the voice of Robinson.
Unknown at the moment is if Keith David will be on board as narrator. David has worked closely with Burns on several other documentaries such as The War, Jazz, Mark Twain, Horatio’s Driver, Unforgivable Blackness, and Jackie Robinson.
Source: Black America Web
M. Swift primarily writes on moments and important figures in Black history for Your Black World. He also writes heavily on wrestling, comics, gaming, and Black sci-fi and fantasy.