In a competitive situation, CBS All Access, CBS’s live streaming and SVOD service, has landed for development 8 fights – The life of Muhammad Ali, a series of limited events on the big boxing. The project originated from Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment and CBS TV studios, where it was in development as part of the studio’s major rise to premium cable / streaming content.
Written by Dan Kay based on the recently published biography of Jonathan Eig Ali: a life, the series will recount eight distinct moments in Ali’s life, each episode being framed by a fight in his boxing career. The focus will be on Internal Wrestling – the drama outside the ring – which will explore the struggle that unfolds in the heart and mind of one of the most important and controversial figures of the 20th century.
Kay produces with Freeman, McCreary and Beth Miyares for Revelations. Erica Shelton is a consulting producer for her global contract with CBS TV Studios.
The project’s pitch has sparked interest from several outlets, with brother CBS All Access stepping up to land it. So far, the vast majority of CBS All Access mics have gone straight to production, largely based on finished script. Because 8 fights was a pitch, it has script-to-series engagement, with direct command to the series subordinate to the script.
Revelations is behind projects such as Clint Eastwood’s Oscar nominated film Invictus, CBS ‘ Madam Secretary, Science Channel Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, and Nat Geo’s God’s Story with Morgan Freeman and The History of the United States with Morgan Freeman.
CBS TV Studios has grown from zero to 13 premium cable / streaming series over the past three years. Its portfolio in space includes American Vandal, Insatiable, Unbelievable and dead to me at Netflix, Your Honor and Cartoon chair at Showtime, Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight, No Activity, The Twilight Zone, $ 1 and Strange angel – all on CBS All Access – and Carpool Karaoke at Apple Music.