Will Packer is set to helm an upcoming action comedy at Universal based on a real-life story.
The studio has optioned a life rights package for the story, which will be written by Lars Jacobson.
The description, per Deadline: “Fight Night is the story of Atlanta-based hustler Gordon “Chicken Man” Williams and Atlanta’s first black detective, JD Hudson. Set in 1970 on the eve of Muhammad Ali’s comeback fight in Atlanta, the film centers on a post-fight party thrown by Williams that was attended by the most dangerous gangsters in the country. They were all robbed at gunpoint of more than $1 million, making it to this day the largest heist in Georgia history.”
The industry pub calls this a passion project for both Jacobson and the life rights holder, Jeff Keating, who will co-produce with Packer and James Lopez. Kenny Burns, who is said to have brought the project to Packer’s attention, will EP.
The story behind for Fight Night is quite interesting, and for more information on it, you can check out this in-depth cover story from 2004 in Creative Loafing, as well as this 1971 New York Times news piece.