BBC One To Release New Muhammad Ali Documentary This Year
Muhammad Ali will be the focus of a forthcoming documentary being commissioned by BBC One.
Titled, Frank Skinner on Muhammad Ali, the documentary will focus on British comedian and Ali fan Frank Skinner, as he travels throughout both the United Kingdom and the United States to meet people that were a part of Ali’s life.
On the way, he not only meets Ali’s younger brother Rahaman and Ali’s wife Khalilah but also details his own interactions with the iconic boxer, including the time he met him through an Oxfordshire council estate who became one of Ali’s closest friends.
“I loved Ali since I was a child,” Skinner said in a statement. “I loved the warrior, the entertainer, the craziness that surrounded him. I met him, as a trembling fanboy, a few times in the 90s, but I only had the courage to ask for an autograph and a couple of photos. This project gave me the chance to question his family, friends and his boxing inner-circle and explore the truth about the man.”
No date has been announced yet for Frank Skinner on Muhammad Ali although it is expected to drop later this year. This one joins a couple of other Ali documentaries that are currently in the works. Filmmaker Ken Burns is working on a two-part, four-hour documentary film for PBS that is slated for release sometime in 2021.
Along with Burns, LeBron James and Antoine Fuqua are working on their own multi-part documentary on Ali, which will debut on HBO. The documentary will feature never before seen photos and footage from private collections of the Ali family and others. A tentative release date for James and Fuqua’s Ali documentary has yet to be announced.