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Ken Burns, PBS to make Muhammad Ali documentary

Mar 31, 2017 8:52 AM

Expect the relationship between professional boxer Muhammad Ali and Las Vegas to be exhaustively chronicled now that noted filmmaker Ken Burns and PBS have announced they will devote another of his much-admired documentaries to the famed fighter and social icon.

PBS revealed this week that Burns is set to produce and direct a two-part, four-hour documentary on the Louisville native and Olympic champion. Production on the project actually began last year and is expected to be ready for broadcast on PBS in 2021.

In an official statement announcing the film, Burn said, “Muhammad Ali may be the most iconic figure of the 20th century. He arrived at exactly the right moment, amidst the tumult and upheaval of the 1960s, and he shaped his times with his powerful voice, mesmerizing presence, and achievements in the ring. But beyond the astonishing athletic gifts and mountain of charisma, there’s a very complex, dynamic man whose life story has yet to receive the comprehensive treatment it deserves.”

Although Ali, who died in June 2016 at the age of 74, only fought seven times in Las Vegas, he had a 50-year connection to the city.