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Tom Hanks, Ken Burns plot Jack Johnson biopic for HBO
HBO is teaming with miniseries impresarios Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, plus Jack Johnson impresario Ken Burns on a miniseries about the life of the legendary heavyweight champion.
According to Deadline.com, "Ides of March" writer Beau Willimon is writing "Jack Johnson," a four-to-six-part miniseries about the famous pugilist based on the Geoffrey C. Ward book "Unforgivable Blackness."
Burns previously adapted Ward's book as an Emmy-winning PBS miniseries.
Johnson was also the focus of the play and feature film "The Great White Hope," starring James Earl Jones.
Hanks & Goetzman have brought the Emmy winners "John Adams," "The Pacific" and "Band of Brothers" to HBO. They recently signed on to do a third World War II miniseries for the network.
Willimon has most recent served as writer and EP on Netflix's "House of Cards."