Director Spike Lee is eyeing Vin Diesel to play boxing legend JOE LOUIS in an upcoming movie based on the fighter's life.

Lee and Diesel discussed the project in a recent two-hour meeting, which was also attended by the film-maker's co-writer Budd Schulberg.

But, while Schulberg has concerns about Diesel's lack of physical resemblance to the African-American champion, he says, "I came away impressed with his knowledge of Joe Louis. He's got the intellect, and he's done some boxing."

Boxing journalist Bert Sugar, who co-wrote the story with Schulberg, notes, "It looks like it will happen with Vin."

24/08/2004 09:25