Jamie Foxx to star as Mike Tyson in new limited series

Tyson will "span the life of one of the most legendary boxing figures of all time."

An upcoming TV series about the life and career of Mike Tyson will star Jamie Foxx as the former heavyweight boxer. 

Simply titled Tyson, it will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, who is best known for the acclaimed action drama Training Day and 2014’s The Equalizer.

Fuqua will also serve as an executive producer alongside Foxx and director Martin Scorsese. All episodes will be written by screenwriter Colin Preston. 

No broadcaster or network is currently attached to the project which was originally envisioned as feature film back in 2014.

“I have been looking to tell my story for quite some time,” said 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 is the second project about the boxing legend’s life to be greenlit in the last month. 

In February, US only streaming platform Hulu announced that they were to develop a limited series titled Iron Mike which will “explore the wild, tragic and controversial life and career of Tyson...one of the most polarizing figures in sports culture.”

Tyson is not involved with the project in any capacity and has openly voiced his opposition to it. He accused the service of “tone-deaf cultural misappropriation” and said that “Hollywood needs to be more sensitive to black experiences.”

A release date for Tyson is not yet known. 

Source: Sky News

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