Sony Pictures plans to re-release the biopic Ali in select theaters around the country this weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 2001 drama saw Will Smith and Jon Voight notch Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Supporting Actor for their respective portrayals of Muhammad Ali and sportscaster Howard Cosell.
Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for Sony Pictures, said Wednesday in a statement:
“With the passing of Muhammad Ali, we have received many requests for this film to return to theaters, in celebration of his life...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."
The former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, who died at the age of 74 after a prolonged battled with Parkinson's Disease, will have a memorial service this week in Louisville. Will Smith will be one of the pallbearers.