NEW YORK (AFP) – Jamie Foxx received an Oscar in 2005 for his portrayal of singing legend Ray Charles.
Now, the 53-year-old actor, who voiced Pixar’s first black lead within the animated film Soul (2020), appears to be like set to tackle the life story of one other iconic American – controversial boxing nice Mike Tyson.
The tv restricted collection about Iron Mike is in growth, the boxer introduced, with Antoine Fuqua of Coaching Day (2001) and The Equalizer (2014) set to direct and Martin Scorsese on the manufacturing group.
“I’ve been seeking to inform my story for fairly a while,” Tyson stated in an announcement despatched to AFP on Monday (March 22), which confirmed info first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
“I stay up for collaborating with Martin, Antoine, Jamie and the complete inventive group to deliver audiences a collection that not solely captures my skilled and private journey but in addition evokes and entertains.”
A spokesman for Fuqua confirmed he’s connected to the venture.
To date, the collection has not been acquired by a community or streaming service, in accordance with The Hollywood Reporter.
Tyson stated his latest comeback to the ring – he fought to a draw with Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition in November 2020, at age 54 – made this the proper time for his story to be instructed.
The previous world heavyweight champion is considered one of boxing’s most profitable – and most controversial – figures. Thought-about probably the greatest heavyweights of all time, he went 50-6 with 44 knockouts, retiring in 2005 with a loss to Kevin McBride.
However he’s additionally identified for his erratic behaviour – biting off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear earlier than shedding their notorious 1997 bout – and his brushes with the regulation, together with a conviction for rape and a cocaine dependancy.
Tyson bounced again, taking part in himself in The Hangover (2009) after which taking a one-man present to Broadway. He additionally performed a rogue property developer in Hong Kong martial arts movie Ip Man 3 (2015).
In late February, streaming platform Hulu introduced it was making a restricted collection in regards to the boxer known as Iron Mike.
Tyson stated that venture didn’t have his blessing, and that he was not going to earn something from the “tone-deaf cultural misappropriation” of his life story. He urged viewers to boycott Hulu.