Regina King to make feature film directorial debut with ‘One Night in Miami’

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Oscar winner Regina King is set to direct the fact-based drama “One Night in Miami.”

According to Deadline, the project is based on the debut play from Kemp Powers, who has adapted it for the screen.

Set on the night of Feb. 25, 1964, the narrative follows a young Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Against all odds, he has defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. While crowds swarm Miami Beach’s hot spots to celebrate the match, Clay is unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws. So, the boxer spends the night at the Hampton House Motel in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood celebrating with three of his friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football star Jim Brown. The next morning, the men emerge determined to define a new world.

In “One Night in Miami,” Powers aims to break down exactly what happened during those key hours. It features the music of Cooke, including his iconic hit song, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” the film is said to follow “a piercing narrative for the evening, which challenges the four men, strips them bare and reveals them for who they were.”

The film is being produced by Snoot Entertainment (“Blindspotting,” “Little Monsters”) and ABKCO, with Keith Calder and Jess Wu Calder producing for Snoot and Jody Klein for ABKCO.

King, who won the best supporting actress Oscar earlier this year for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” has directed episodes of several television series, a couple of TV movies and a documentary, but this will be her feature film directorial debut. As an actor, she next will star in HBO’s “Watchmen” series from Damon Lindelof.


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