Legendary boxer Mike Tyson has had a very controversial life, and Antoine Fuqua is all set to direct a limited series around his journey. Jamie Foxx has been roped in to portray the boxer on the screen in this series, which will “span the life” of Tyson. The project, which has long been in the works as a movie, also has another big name behind the camera. Martin Scorsese is on the executive producing team of the film.
Talking about the project finally getting a nod, Tyson revealed in a statement, “I have been looking to tell my story for quite some time. With the recent launch of Legends Only League and the excitement from fans following my return to the ring, now feels like the perfect moment. I look forward to collaborating with Martin, Antoine, Jamie and the entire creative team to bring audiences a series that not only captures my professional and personal journey but also inspires and entertains.”
Foxx has been prepping for the series for quite some time and has been working on his ‘Tyson-voice’ as well. Earlier, Hulu had announced in February that they will be producing their own Tyson limited series titled Iron Mike as well. The boxer was quite upset about it and had slammed the Hulu project as a “tone-deaf cultural misappropriation of my life story.” He further added, “To make this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu’s concern for dollars over respect for Black story rights. Hollywood needs to be more sensitive to Black experiences especially after all that has transpired in 2020.”
The project was offered to several directors, including Scorsese himself, and Todd Phillips before Fuqua agreed to it. Paramount Pictures was also previously attached to the movie project as well. Other executive producers on the project include Rick Yorn, Ian Montone, Chuck Pacheco, James Barnett, Sophie Watts, John Ryan Jr., and Kiki Tyson.
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