Arthur Ashe Biopic in the Works From ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Writer, Hyde Park Entertainment

Arthur Ashe Biopic in the Works From ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Writer, Hyde Park Entertainment

The life of Arthur Ashe, a civil rights activist, and the only Black man to have won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open is coming to the big screen.

The biopic is being brought to life by Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment, Warner Music Group and BlacKkKlansman co-writer Kevin Willmott.

Willmott,  an Oscar winner in his own right, is a frequent collaborator with Spike Lee, most recently working on Spike’s Netflix film, Da 5 Bloods.  He will pen the screenplay and Amritraj and Warner Music Group’s Charles Cohen are set to produce.

“Arthur’s legacy reaches far beyond his greatness as a tennis player,” said Amritraj, himself a former tennis pro and brother of Vijay, a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon. “Always a gentleman; bold, graceful, and intellectual, while at the same time passionate in his fight against racial inequality and injustice.”

Warner Music Group played a key part in securing music from Ashe’s era to aid in the storytelling.  We will hear works from iconic Black artists such as Prince, Aretha Franklin and Curtis Mayfield.

This is the second attempt at getting the biopic greenlit for production.  In 2017, David Goyer and Russell Hollander were among a set of producers developing a script written by Krystin Ver Linden. That project is now inactive.

Ashe’s wife, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Hyde Park’s Priya Amritraj, Alexandra Dell, and Addison Mehr will serve as Executive Producers.

Ashe’s legacy includes a US Open win in 1968, which was significant due to the tumultuous events that occurred during that time.    merica was coming off the cusps of the assassination of Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Using his platform to raise awareness for civil rights, he often spoke out and fought against South Africa’s apartheid system in the 1970’s and 1980’s even leading to arrest in Washington D.C.

Ashe extended his reach to AIDS activism in the late 1980s after contracting HIV through blood transfusions related to heart surgery. He died from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1993 at the age of 49.



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