This weekend, Sony Pictures will re-release the Muhammad Ali biopic Ali, which stars Will Smith as The Greatest, as homage and a celebration of the life of the American icon.
"With the passing of Muhammad Ali, we have received many requests for this film to return to theaters, in celebration of his life," said Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures. "The film truly honors everything that made Ali one of the central figures of our time, a man who commanded his sport but whose personal faith and principles made him mean so much more."
Directed by Michael Mann, the Oscar nominated film will be shown in a few hundred locations nationwide. The release also follows the news that Smith will be an honorary pallbearer at Ali’s funeral this Friday, June 10, in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the actor/activist's touching tribute on Facebook to Muhammad Ali.
Ali grossed over $87 million worldwide at the box office in 2001.