Amazon Studios has acquired worldwide rights to Regina King’s Civil Rights era feature directorial debut One Night In Miami and is lining up an awards season launch for the Toronto selection.
Olivier-nominated Kemp Powers wrote the screenplay based on his 2013 stage play. Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment (Blindspotting, Anomalisa) produced and Jody Klein of ABKCO, King and Powers are executive producers.
One Night In Miami explores events of February 25, 1964, when a young Cassius Clay (who would later rename himself Muhammad Ali) spends the night with three friends celebrating his new world heavyweight boxing crown after a shock defeat over Sonny Liston.
Unable to celebrate on Miami Beach because of segregation laws, Clay and his friends spend the night at the Hampton House Motel. The friends are activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and American football star Jim Brown and the following morning the four men will emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their people.
Eli Goree, Leslie Odom Jr., Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Aldis Hodge star.
Amazon Studios is planning to release One Night in Miami later in the year in an awards corridor slot.
“One Night in Miami beautifully captures a significant moment in history when these great minds gathered and ultimately helped shape the conversation of what we know today as the civil rights movement,” said head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke.
ICM Partners represents King and negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.