Director Lenny Abrahamson will be making a new movie about Emile Griffith, a bisexual boxer who once killed a homophobic opponent in a 1962 match.
The Griffith movie will be produced in 2018 and will come out either later that year or in 2019, according to the Hornet. Part of the movie will center around his match with Benny “The Kid” Paret, a Cuban fighter who called Griffith a Spanish homophobic slur and died 10 days after their bout.
“There was a gentleness and innocence about him, and he never seemed conflicted about his sexuality; indeed he found joy in it,” Abrahamson said to Deadine.com. “He inhabited two worlds – the underground gay scene in New York in the ‘60s and the macho world of boxing.”
Griffith died on July 23, 2013 after suffering later in life from dementia brought about by his boxing career.