Showtime is developing the civil rights-themed limited series “The Ali Summit” which will deal with Muhammad Ali’s objection to the Vietnam War draft.
Twelve of the nation’s top black intellectuals and athletes first vetted and then ultimately supported Ali’s conscientious objection to the draft five decades ago. The FBI launched a crusade against Ali, Jim Brown and other black leaders in the lead-up to Ali’s arrest at the peak of his boxing career.
The series will explore the intersection of civil rights and sports that continues to resonate today due in part to that seminal moment in the movement.
Jeff and Michael Zimbalist will serve as writers and directors on the limited series and will serve as executive producers alongside Brown, Monique Brown, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Joe Roth.
The project comes less than a year after Ali’s death in June last year at the age of 74.