Morgan Freeman and Regé-Jean Page are joining forces with BlackKklansman co-writer Kevin Willmott to develop a new scripted series for Peacock.
According to Deadline, the three men are working together with the streamer to create Excellence: 8 Fights, a scripted eight-part event series about boxing great Muhammad Ali. The series will be based on the definitive biography Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig.
Here's an official description of the series:
Written by Willmott, the series chronicles eight distinct and defining moments in Ali’s iconic life. Each episode will be framed by one of his fights, but the essence of the episode, what it’s really about, is the internal fight – the drama outside the ring. It will explore the struggle going on in the heart and mind of one of the most consequential and controversial figures of the 20th century.
Willmott is serving as executive producer along with Freeman, Page, Emily Brown, and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment. Eig will serve as producer.
Per Deadline, the Bridgerton actor is not in talks to play the legendary boxer in the series and is just executive producing as of now.