‘Ali’ Returns to Theaters in Honor of Legendary Boxer

By June 8, 2016

Last week brought the unfortunate news that legendary athlete Muhammad Ali had died at the age of 74, and as fans continue to mourn his passing and celebrate his legacy, Sony Pictures will honor “The Greatest of All Time” by sending its 2001 biopic Ali back to theaters for a limited engagement this weekend.

Will Smith received his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of the boxing superstar in the Michael Mann-directed drama, with Jon Voight also picking up a nod for Best Supporting Actor as sports journalist Howard Cosell. If you’ve never seen the film, it’s one of my favorite sports biopics, and one of Smith’s greatest achievements in front of the camera. You can check out the trailer below.

Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution at Sony Pictures, released a brief statement about the film’s return to theaters, which will be limited to just a few hundred locations worldwide.

“With the passing of Muhammad Ali, we have received many requests for this film to return to theaters, in celebration of his life,” said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution. 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.”

The film’s return to theaters will coincide with the date of Ali’s funeral, where Will Smith will be one of the pallbearers. It also echoes a similar move by Warner Bros. earlier this year, when Purple Rain was given a week-long revival after the tragic death of legendary rock musician Prince. Fans can check their local listings to find out where Ali is playing in their area.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).