The legendary “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire in 1974 is being made into a musical. Variety reports that producer David Sonenberg plans to make a musical version of his Academy Award-winning 1996 documentary “When We Were Kings,” about the historic championship fight.
“The book for the musical will be adapted from the film and written by Shelley Marcus, and the songs will be R&B classics from the 1974 Zaire music festival,” Variety reports. “The soundtrack will also include ‘Rumble in the Jungle,’ which was written by the Fugees for the film.”
A workshop is set up for spring of next year, with plans for a full stage musical production in 2020.
In a statement, Sonenberg said: “Muhammad Ali was called ‘The Greatest of All Time’ for good reason. Ali remains an undeniable cultural icon. Not only was he an extraordinarily gifted athlete, poet, spiritual and political leader, but he was certainly one of the most charming, disarming, controversial and electrifying personalities of all time.”