Director Ang Lee to Make 3-D Movie on Classic Boxing Matches

By Will Ashton

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Two-time Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Life of Pi) has finally settled on his next directorial project.

Deadline reports that the director has just signed on with Universal to make a currently untitled 3-D movie centered on the world of boxing in the 1960s and 1970s. Deadline describes the movie as “an epic look at the boxing world of the 1960s and 1970s, as seen through the prism of its biggest rivalries and greatest fights. That will include the showdown between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali that was called the Thrilla in Manila.”

It’s unclear whether the focus of the film will be from the boxers themselves or from a third party source , i.e. a journalist, but the big appeal for the director seems to be recapturing these fights in state-of-the-art 3-D technology.

Given how well the director was able to make use of 3-D technology in Life of Pi, I’m very eager to see how this project comes together. I’m starting to get a little sick of 3-D personally, but if directors like Lee and Martin Scorsese are able to continue making good use of the technology, then I won’t mind shelling out a couple extra bucks to see them, as intended, on the big screen.

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