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Jeff Robinov‘s Studio 8 has picked up Ang Lee‘s untitled 3D movie that depicts the so-called Thrilla in Manila boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The film was in development at Universal as Lee’s follow-up to his 3D hit Life of Pi (2012). But Lee then turned his attention to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk for TriStar, reuniting with Tom Rothman, who championed Life of Pi at Fox. Rothman, who moved from the top spot of TriStar to Sony earlier this year, will still have a hand in the Ali-Frazier pic, given that Sony Pictures will release the film under its deal with Studio 8.
The legendary Manila fight took place in 1975 and was the third and final bout waged between Ali and Frazier. The contest, held in the Philippines, decided the Heavyweight Championship of the World.
Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) wrote the script. James Schamus is producing.
Lee is repped by CAA and attorneys Joe Dapello and Ira Schreck.
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