Michael B. Jordan and Jay-Z to Produce Limited Series on Muhammad Ali’s Life

by Jamila Lizet White

February 8, 2021

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It’s been less than a day after spectators witnessed Michael B. Jordan‘s Super Bowl LV commercial for Amazon as an alluring Alexa and it’s clear that it was foreshadowing the 33-year-old’s next venture.

Alongside Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation, Jordan’s Outlier Society will executive produce a limited series on the life of Muhammad Ali for the streaming service.

 

“It’s an incredible honor and I bring tons of respect to it,” the Creed actor told Deadline. “It’s a healthy weight to carry, to be able to tell the story of Muhammad Ali. It’s called The Greatest right now and we’re partnered with Roc Nation on the music side of things. It’s a project where we’ve partnered with the estate and we’ll be able to tell this story with no red tape.”

“It’s a limited series that will really dive into the life of Muhammad Ali,” he continued. “I’m not going to be too specific beyond that, but we’ll be able to get to know him in ways we haven’t had a chance to before.”

The award-winning actor went on to share his excitement behind the project as not only a boxing enthusiast but also someone who has been living in the world of boxing for “the past five or six years with the Creed franchise.”

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Although Jordan has no intentions of playing the late Ali, he sees the limited series as an opportunity to go “beyond the ring and more into the man” as a Civil Rights activist.

Outlier Society’s TV deal with Amazon Studios has now been extended to include an exclusive overall pact for television and a new first-look film deal. His production company will produce and acquire films that reflect their commitment to increasing representation and diversity within the entertainment industry.

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