Words from: Sentwali Holder
Here we go, Mike Tyson’s licensed limited series is coming up and Jamie Foxx will executive produce and star as Iron Mike Tyson himself. The high-profile project, which has been in development for several years, will be advertised as a limited series rather than a feature film.
Tyson, to be directed and produced by Antoine Fuqua, will tell the story of the controversial but iconic boxer. Colin Preston is writing the series and legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese will serve as executive producer under his banner Sikelia Productions. Rick Yorn, Ian Montone, Chuck Pacheco and James Barnett will also serve as executive producers for LBI Entertainment. For the Legends Only League Mike Tyson will executive Kiki Tyson, along with Sophie Watts and John Ryan Jr. from the League Azim Spicer will serve as associate producer.
In a statement, Tyson said that he has been looking forward to telling his life story in the right way to his audience and fans. “I’ve been looking to tell my story for quite some time,” he said. “With the recent release of Legends Only League and the excitement of the fans following my return to the ring, now it feels like the perfect time. 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 announcement was made when Hulu gave the green light to an unauthorized 8-episode scripted limited series, Iron Mike. This competitive series is from Team I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie. Tyson is firmly and publicly against the Hulu project.
In February, the champion said: “Hulu’s announcement to make an unauthorized miniseries of my life, while unfortunate, is not surprising. This announcement behind the social disparities in our country is an excellent example of how Hulu’s corporate greed led to this cultural misappropriation of my life story. Making this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu’s concern for dollars in respect of the rights of African American stories. Hollywood needs to be more sensitive to black experiences, especially after everything that has happened in 2020. My authorized story is in development and will be announced in the next few days. “