'One Night In Miami': Release date, plot, cast and everything you need to know about Regina King's big-screen directorial debut
Based on a play by Kemp Powers, Regina King's debut film as a director is a fictionalized account of a night featuring four legendary historical black figures - Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, Malcolm X and Sam Cooke
Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Regina King is finally going to direct her first film for the big screen, after her stints as a successful actor and television director. The movie is an adaptation of the 2013 play 'One Night in Miami', written by Kemp Powers.
It will be produced by Snoot Entertainment (Blindspotting, Little Monsters) and ABKCO. As of now, no studio is attached to the film and there is no news about whether this film will be part of the "first-look deal" she signed with Netflix via her production company, Royal Ties.
King is scheduled to begin production with her crew in late 2019 or early 2020. The final release date is yet to be announced.
Set on the night of February 25, 1964, the story follows the 22-year-old, pre-Muhammad Ali fame Cassius Clay after he emerged from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the 'World Heavyweight Boxing Champion'. He had defeated Sonny Liston in a historic fight that shocked the world of boxing.
Crowds of people swarmed Miami Beach’s nightclubs to celebrate. Clay — unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws — spent the night in his hotel room at the Hampton House Motel in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood.
He had decided to celebrate his victory with three of his friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football star Jim Brown. The next morning, the men emerged, determined to change the world.
Kemp Powers' play, on which the film will be based, speculates on what happened in those pivotal hours on the night that these three legends met. The play hypothesizes that they discussed their private lives, the responsibility of being successful black men during the time of the civil rights movement and how they ultimately challenge each other to be the best versions of themselves. The original play featured the music of Cooke, including his hit song, 'A Change Is Gonna Come' and will likely feature on the film's soundtrack.
According to projectcasting.com, the film's producers are seeking to cast newcomers to play the parts of Jim Brown and Cassius Clay. There is no news about who will be cast as Malcom X and Sam Cooke.
The film will be directed by Regina King. She has already proved herself as a director, directing episodes of shows like 'Scandal', 'The Good Doctor', 'Pitch' and 'Insecure'. King has also directed the 2013 BET television film, 'Let The Church Say Amen'. As an actress, Regina King has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and three Primetime Emmys.
The film's producers are Keith Calder and Jess Wu Calder for Snoot and Jody Klein for ABKCO.
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