CBS All Access Nabs Muhammad Ali Limited Series From Morgan Freeman

Event series “8 Fights” is based on biography “Ali: A Life”

Muhammad Ali defeats Sonny Liston for heavyweight champion

CBS All Access has nabbed the development rights to limited event series “8 Fights,” which follows the life and career of boxing great Muhammad Ali.

The project, which is based on Jonathan Eig’s biography “Ali: A Life,” comes from Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.

The streaming service’s order is considered straight-to-series.

Dan Kay will write “8 Fights – The Life of Muhammad Ali,” which chronicles eight distinct moments in the life of Ali, with each episode framed by one fight from his boxing career, per the description. The focus will be on the internal fight — the drama outside the ring — which will explore the struggle going on in the heart and mind of one of the most consequential and controversial figures of the 20th century.

Kay will executive produce alongside Freeman, Lori McCreary and Beth Miyares. Erica Shelton is a consulting producer.