Acclaimed actress Regina King has more than a few prestigious hardware under her belt. With an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and three Primetime Emmys for her performances, she’s certainly somebody in the industry. Now, King is reaching further to new heights as she makes her first feature directorial debut.
King is not new to directorial work with her line of small screen projects that includes episodes of Scandal, This Is Us, Shameless and The Good Doctor. Observer reports that she is now turning her eyes to filmmaking. The Oscar-winner is set to helm the silver screen adaptation of the 2013 stage play, One Night in Miami by Kemp Powers.
The 90-minute one-act play revolves around four black American Icons; Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown. It chronicles a single event from the night Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, defeated Sonny Liston in the ring back in February 25, 1964. After the fight, the four icons meet in a hotel room to celebrate and they end up discussing their private lives and the responsibility that comes with being notable figures during the civil rights movement.
Production for the film adaptation will reportedly begin later this year or early 2020. It will be backed by Snoot Entertainment and ABKCO. Set to produce are Keith Calder, Jess Wu Calder and Jody Klein. Powers, the original playwright, is set to write the screenplay of the adaptation so we can expect it to be close to the original. The Observer has contacted King’s representatives who have not responded as of yet.
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