It seems we need yet one more boxing flick as Cinderella Man and the upcoming Rocky Balboa are not enough. Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures have set George C. Wolfe to direct the feature version of the boxing-centered documentary Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story.
The documentary, which was recently released on DVD, focused on the welterweight boxing champ whose career became defined by the night he battered rival Benny “Kid” Paret into unconsciousness during a nationally televised bout. Paret, who had taunted Griffith by calling him a homosexual, died of his injuries.
Scott Rudin and Dan Klores are producing as Klores actually directed the doc, which premiered at Sundance and then ran on USA Networks last April.