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Ang Lee took on a tiger in his last feature, "Life of Pi," and now his next movie will have some "Eye of the Tiger" flavor.

Lee is set to direct a film that will focus on the legendary boxing rivalries of the 1960s and '70s, including a recreation of the Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier throwdown known as the Thrilla in Manila.

Shot in 3D, the movie will focus on several key fights from that era, highlighting legends like Ali, Frazier, George Foreman, and Sugar Ray Leonard. Though there's no word on just how he plans to do it, Deadline reports that Lee wants to unite the different vignettes in some way so that they flow into one cohesive story. Considering Lee's talent -- he won this year's directing Oscar for "Pi," and also took home the prize for 2005's "Brokeback Mountain" -- we're sure he can deftly handle the complicated story line.

Deadline also reports that Lee wants to push the envelope with his use of 3D to depict the matches, getting in the ring and up close to the action. Regardless of the plot, it sounds like this movie will be visually stunning. We'll be ringside whenever it's released.

[via Deadline]
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