Untitled Sugar Ray Robinson Biopic: Wil Haygood to write
Producer Rachael Horovitz ("Moneyball") has teamed with screenwriter Danny Strong ("Recount") to option "Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson".
Wil Haygood, who wrote the biography about Robinson, will write the screenplay.
Robinson is considered the greatest boxer ever. Aside from taking on the likes of Jake LaMotta, Rocky Graziano and Carmen Basillio, he challenged mob control of the fight game in the 1940s and 50s, leading to Senate corruption hearings. He opened the Harlem nightclub Sugar Ray's in Harlem in 1946 and it became a celeb magnet, but his own foray into showbiz was less impressive. He shockingly hung up his gloves in 1952 to become an entertainer with the Count Basie Orchestra. After getting the first bad reviews of his career, Robinson un-retired three years later and won the middleweight title.