One Night in Miami: Amazon picks up Regina King’s directorial debut
Staff Reporter | On 31, Jul 2020Reading time: 2 mins
Amazon Studios has picked up the global rights to One Night in Miami, Regina King’s directorial debut.
King has become a force to be reckoned with in recent years, building on her excellent work in Southland and American Crime with an Oscar-winning turn in If Beale Street Could Talk and a leading role in HBO’s Emmy-nominatd Watchmen. Now, after directing episodes of Animal Kingdom, Greenleaf, Scandal, Insecure and more, she’s stepping up to the helm of a feature film, based on Kemp Powers’ 2013 stage play about Cassius Clay.
One Night in Miami sees the young boxer emerge from the Miami Beach Convention Center to become the new World Heavyweight Boxing Champion on 25th February 1964. Clay, unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws, spends the time celebrating at the Hampton House Motel with three of his closest friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football star Jim Brown. The next morning, the four men emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their people.
Eli Goree stars as Clay, opposite Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X, Aldis Hodge as Brown and Leslie Odom Jr as Cooke.
The film will premiere at this year’s hybrid online/in-person edition of the Toronto Film Festival, and will be released later this year by Amazon Studios with an eye for an awards run.
“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. “Regina King is a force of nature – mastering her craft in front of the camera as we’ve seen in her extensive body of work, and now taking her talent behind the camera. We’re so proud to welcome Regina and Kemp to the Amazon family.”
King added: “Amazon’s enthusiasm for One Night in Miami is both humbling and exciting. I am honored to have them as partners on my feature film directorial debut.”