The long-awaited Mike Tyson biopic went through major changes as it was announced that the movie will not be moving forward as a big-screen release. It will instead come out as a limited series with legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese handling its production.
The series will feature Jamie Foxx as Mike Tyson and having Antoine Fuqua at the directorial helm. The series, titled Tyson, will showcase key moments from the boxing legend’s entire life, from his early days as a legend in making to being the greatest of all time.
Colin Preston has penned down the series’ pilot and will finish the process of writing the entire series pretty soon. Tyson talked about how excited he is now that his biopic is coming together.
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.
While it remains unclear why was the transition from a movie format to a series one was made, but fans speculate that it will be hard to stuff so many key phases of Tyson’s life into a single movie, and therefore the move was made.
While Hulu is also developing their own limited series on the life of Mike Tyson, they are doing so without any word or consultation with him. He also spoke out against the release, saying:
Hulu’s announcement to do an unauthorized mini-series of the Tyson story without compensation, 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 the Tyson life story.
Now that we have two series on the life of Mike Tyson coming out, it will be a big year for the world of fighting. Mike Tyson’s story is inspiring no matter who develops it. Let us know which one would you like to watch.