Subsequent to the late Prince’s death, Purple Rain, the movie in which he starred in, was re-released in select theaters, giving people the opportunity to witness the multi talented star on the big screen in all of his glory. With the loss of another legend, Muhammad Ali, the same is being done with Ali as the movie depicting the life of the three time heavyweight champion will make its way to limited theaters, nationwide, this upcoming weekend.
The Muhammad Ali biopic starring Will Smith, was originally released in theaters in 2001. It grossed $87 million worldwide with the box office, earning Oscar nominations for Will’s portrayal of “The Greatest” and the role of sports journalist Howard Cosell, played by actor Jon Voight.
“With the passing of Muhammad Ali, we have received many requests for this film to return to theaters, in celebration of his life,” said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution. The film truly honors everything that made Ali one of the central figures of our time, a man who commanded his sport but whose personal faith and principles made him mean so much more,” Bruer added. “Muhammad Ali truly was The Greatest, and this tribute is a great way to honor him.”
Muhammad Ali died in Phoenix, Arizona on June 3rd of septic shock following treatment for complications associated with Parkinson’s disease, which he’d been living with for several years. Smith, who was connected to Ali through the role as well as a friendship, took to Facebook to express his sentiments regarding said passing.
“You shook up the World! My Mentor & My Friend. You changed my Life. Rest in Peace.”
Will Smith will serve as one of the pallbearers for Ali’s memorial service on Friday, June 10th, the same day the film will officially return to the big screen.
Written By: Sweenie Saint-Vil