The project is named, Tyson, and Martin Scorsese is set to executive produce. The series, written by Colin Preston, will tell Tyson’s incredible life story and how he made boxing history at just 20 years old.
Foxx has been discussing his involvement in a Tyson project for some time, stating last year that he was deep into training for the role, though at the time it was said to be a biopic rather than a series.
This is the second Tyson limited series announced in the past month. Hulu previously announced that it had ordered an eight-episode limited series about the boxer, but Tyson came out strongly against that series when it was announced and said he was not involved in it.
Some CGI will be used to help Foxx portray Tyson at various stages of his life and career.
But for the most part, it will be the real thing, and Foxx has gone through a brutal training regime to replicate Tyson’s intimidating look.
Speaking on his role, Tyson backed 52-year-old Foxx to pull off an Oscar-winning performance but threw in a warning shot. He told Charlie Mack:
“He can do a great job I know that.
I’m very grateful. I’m very excited about it. I’m gonna sit down and tell him the truth and he’s gonna have to learn to process that.
It’s not going to be pretty.”
Iron Mike, who was known as the Baddest Man on the Planet, became the youngest ever heavyweight world champion aged 20.
He later cemented his position as one of the greatest ever by becoming the undisputed champion.
There have been plenty of controversial moments in his life, including the time he bit the ear of old rival Evander Holyfield in 1997. Out of the ring he spiraled out of control with a history of alcohol addiction and depression.
Tyson allegedly hit his first wife, Robin Givens, who described living with him as:
“…torture, pure hell, worse than anything I could possibly imagine.”
He was convicted of rape of then 18-year-old Desiree Washington in 1992. Tyson was jailed for six years.
Antoine Fuqua is on board to direct and executive produce Tyson via Fuqua Films, with Scorsese also executive producing via Sikelia Productions. The Tyson series is not currently attached to a network or streaming service. Tyson and his wife Kiki will also executive produce.