Regina King to Direct ‘One Night in Miami’!

Regina King, 2018 recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk, will direct the film adaptation of Kemp Powers’ debut play, One Night in Miami, a play which features Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke, and Jim Browne!

 

Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali

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Let’s take a look at the history.

On the night of February 25th 1964, Cassius Clay, Nationa of Islam leader Malcolm X, singer/songwriter and record producer Sam Cooke and NFL footballer Jim Brown were all in the same Miami hotel room celebrating Clay’s surprise title win over Sonny Liston.

 

 

Ty Jones, left, Matt Jones and Kevin Daniels in "One Night in Miami..." at Rogue Machine. (John Flynn)

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Come 2013, Kemp Powers’ one act ninety minute debut play is first performed. The reception was a killer, in a good away.  Kemp Powers took home the Ted Schmitt Award for outstanding world premiere of a new play.

 

Kemp Powers

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Since then Powers has been working to make his play into a film, and it’s finally happening.Snoot Entertainment, the production company behind Blair Witch, You’re Next, Blindspotting, and Little Monsters is working with…

 

ABKCO

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ABKCO is an American independent record label, music publisher, and film and video production company. It owns the rights to The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Kinks, and….

 

Sam Cooke

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…Sam Cooke! Would this movie feature his music? According to Deadline, which broke the news that Regina King would be direction, the film will include Cooke’s hit song, “A Change Is Gonna Come,”

Fitting.

 

Keith Calder and Jess Wu Calder

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Husband and wife team Keith Calder and Jess Wu Calder will be producing the film for Snoot Entertainment…

 

Jody Klein

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…and Jody Klein, CEO of ABKCO, will be producing for ABKCO.

 

Regina King

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Although she is known as an actress, Regina King has directed several television episodes with her most prolific output being six episodes from Being Mary Jane in 2015.

With Regina King now set as director, we’re expecting to get more news on who’s been cast. The questions, remains, however, who would you cast to play Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Same Cooke, and Jim Brown?

 

Denzel Washington as Malcolm X

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Personally I always saw Denzel Washington as Malcolm X.

 

 

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