Producer David Sonenberg has announced that he’s planning a stage musical adaptation of his Oscar-winning 1996 documentary “When We Were Kings” which dealt with the famed ‘rumble in the jungle’ boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
The book for the musical will be adapted from the film and written by Shelley Marcus, and the songs will be R&B classics from the 1974 Zaire music festival (which took place directly before the fight) along with The Fugees’ “Rumble In The Jungle” track written for the doco.
The musical will also feature cultural and political figures such as Don King, Stokely Carmichael, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Howard Cosell, and President Mobutu, and will also have actors portraying musicians such as James Brown, B.B. King, and The Pointer Sisters.
A workshop is scheduled for the spring of 2019 with plans for a full stage musical production the following year.