Arthur Ashe Biopic in Development From ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Writer Kevin Willmott

A biopic on the life of tennis great Arthur Ashe is in the works from Warner Music Group and Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment that will be penned by Kevin Willmott, an Oscar winner for “BlacKkKlansman” and the writer of Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” it was announced Tuesday.Amritraj will produce for Hyde Park Entertainment along with Charles Cohen for Warner Music Group.

Ashe’s wife Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe is executive producing along with Hyde Park’s Priya Amritraj and Addison Mehr, as well as Alexandra Dell.Ashe was an activist for civil rights, for AIDS awareness and is the only black man to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the U.S.

Open and the Australian Open.

He died of AIDS-related pneumonia at age 49 in 1993 after retiring in 1980.The film will incorporate the music of Ashe’s life, including Aretha Franklin, Prince and Curtis Mayfield.

Warner Music

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