NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Arthur Ashe was a legendary athlete and civil rights activist and his life story is going to be given the movie treatment.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Willmott, the co-writer of Spike Lee’s movie BlacKkKlansman, has teamed up with Hyde Park Entertainment and Warner Music Group to create a biopic about the only black tennis player to win the men’s single title at the US Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open.READ MORE: 15-Year-Old Fatally Stabbed In Brooklyn, Police Questioning Person Of Interest
Ashok Amritraj, who is the CEO of Hyde Park Entertainment, was a tennis professional himself and his brother Vijay was a a quarter finalist at Wimbeldon.READ MORE: Ahead Of Father's Day, Mets Host Families Who Lost Loved Ones On 9/11: 'It Opens Up The Wounds'
“Arthur’s legacy reaches far beyond his greatness as a tennis player,” said Amritraj in a statement. “Always a gentleman; bold, graceful, and intellectual, while at the same time passionate in his fight against racial inequality and injustice.”
Ashe famously won the 1968 US Open and was a civil rights activist throughout his tennis career and life. The tennis player contracted HIV during the 1980s from a blood transfusion related to heart surgery and died at the age of 49 at New York Hospital in 1993 from AIDS-related pneumonia.MORE NEWS: Claremont Residents Say Overflowing Garbage Is Leading To Major Rat Problem In Community
There is no date attached to the release of the biopic and Ashe’s late wife Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe will be an executive producer on the project.