Sony Pictures has announced plans for a re-release of Michael Mann’s 2001 biopic “Ali” in the wake of the death of boxing great Muhammad Ali on Friday night at age 74.
Will Smith stars in the film which charts the life and career of the three-time heavyweight champion, philanthropist and civil rights icon from 1964 to his 1974 victory over George Foreman.
The film will play this weekend in a few hundred theaters nationwide. Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures said in a statement:
“With the passing of Muhammad Ali, we have received many requests for this film to return to theaters, in celebration of his life. 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. Muhammad Ali truly was The Greatest, and this tribute is a great way to honor him.”
This marks the second high profile film re-release following the passing of an iconic figure, with 1984’s “Purple Rain” given a successful limited revival in the wake of Prince’s death.