Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures have assigned George C. Wolfe to direct the feature film version of the documentary boxing film, Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story. The movie is based on a true story of the boxer, and will be written by Stephen Adly Guirgis.

Wolfe, the former producer at the Public Theater, won a Tony Award for directing Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, and another for directing Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk.

According to Variety, the film will focus on the welterweight boxing champ whose career became defined by the night he battered rival Benny "Kid" Paret into unconsciousness during a nationally televised bout. Paret, who had taunted Griffith by calling him a homosexual, died of his injuries.