Mike Tyson has given Jamie Foxx his approval to play him in a biographical limited series called Tyson which is due to be directed by Antoine Fuqua and Martin Scorsese as one of the executive producer.
“I have been looking to tell my story for quite some time,” said Mike Tyson.
“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.”
This isn’t the only adaptation of Tyson’s story and there has already been some controversy. Last month Hulu said that they ordered an eight-episode limited series called ‘Iron Mike’ with Margot Robbie as one of the producers, except Tyson blasted the story calling it a “tone-deaf cultural misappropriation“ of his life story according to reports.
Foxx has been attached to the project since 2015, and last year showed some physical transformation on social media as he transformed himself, ready to play the role of Mike Tyson. Foxx and Tyson are known to be friends dating back a long time and the boxer has been to some pretty dark places in his personal life which could add an interesting perspective.
The Tyson series will mark his first collaboration with Fuqua since 2000’s action-comedy Bait. Meanwhile, the filmmaker is no stranger to the boxing drama himself, having helmed Jake Gyllenhaal’s Southpaw, and Scorsese’s is well known for his previous experience with the fight game as the director of Raging Bull. With so many talented individuals working on this, it will be exciting to watch this series.