Boxing is having a major moment in television and film. Recently, it was revealed that Michael B. Jordan would be directing the third installment of the Creed franchise. Then, it was announced that Mahershala Ali would play Jack Johnson in a limited series. Not to mention, Michael B. Jordan and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter are working on a limited series that will highlight the life of Muhammad Ali. Now, it appears that Mike Tyson will throw his name into the television slate.
Jamie Foxx is set to star in the Antonie Fuqua-directed limited series highlighting the life of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Foxx will executive produce the series alongside Martin Scorsese, Mike Tyson and Kiki Tyson. At this time, there is no word as to where the series will land or when it will be released.
“I have been looking to tell my story for quite some time,” Tyson said in a brief statement.
“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 is not the only series that will follow the life of Mike Tyson Recently, Hulu announced that they are developing an eight-episode project chronicling the boxer’s journey. However, Tyson will not be involved with that project.
“Hulu’s announcement to do an unauthorized miniseries of my life, although unfortunate, isn’t surprising. This announcement on the heels of social disparities in our country is a prime example of how Hulu’s corporate greed led to this tone-deaf cultural misappropriation of my life story. To make this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu’s concern for dollars over respect for Black story rights,” Tyson stated.
It is unclear who will portray Tyson in that series.