Malcolm X photographs Ali in February 1964, after Ali had defeated Sonny Liston to become world heavyweight champion. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali#/media/File:Ali_MalcolmX_1964.jpg)
NEW YORK -- The late Muhammad Ali is getting the Ken Burns treatment.
The PBS documentarian announced Tuesday that he and two partners will make a two-part, four-hour film about the former heavyweight champ, who died in June. Burns, his daughter Sarah and David McMahon collaborated for a PBS documentary on Jackie Robinson that debuted last year.
The tentative plan is to air the Ali film in 2021.
Sarah Burns said the outpouring of goodwill after Ali's death made it easy to forget how divisive it was when the former Cassius Clay converted to Islam, took the Ali name and refused to join the Army during the Vietnam War. She said filmmakers want to examine what influenced Ali's choices and how he stuck with them despite public condemnation.