It was recently confirmed that Jamie Foxx is set to star in a biological television series centered around the life of Mike Tyson. The limited series is entitled "Tyson," and is said to be executive produced by the champ himself as well as Foxx, Antoine Fuqua and Martin Scorsese.
The project is many years in the making and was first announced as a feature film in 2014. The script was originally to be written by Terence Winter. Now, screenwriting duties go to Colin Preston, who has already penned the pilot and is in the process of writing the full script.
"I have been looking to tell my story for quite some time," Tyson, 54, said in a statement. "With the recent launch of [Tyson's sports league] Legends Only League and the excitement from fans following my return to the ring, now feels like the perfect moment."
He continued: "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."
"Tyson" is the second biopic series being created about the legendary fighter. In February, Hulu announced that it had ordered a straight-to-series titled, "Iron Mike," from "I, Tonya" screenwriter-director Craig Gillespie and executive producers Margot Robbie and Karin Gist. Hulu planned to produce and release a Tyson miniseries without his involvement.
Tyson slammed the announcement, calling Hulu's decision "tone-deaf" and referring to the unauthorized series was "cultural misappropriation." He also said that he wasn't being compensated for his story. Hulu didn't respond to a request for counter-commentary.