Jamie Foxx's long-anticipated Mike Tyson biopic, in which the Oscar-winning actor is set to play the Hall of Fame fighter, is now becoming a reality.
Rather than a motion picture, the biopic will roll out as a limited series.
One of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Martin Scorsese, will have a role as part of the creative team.
Foxx and Scorsese will both serve as executive producers, as will filmmaker Antoine Fuqua, who served as the director of 2015's Southpaw. Fuqua will also take on directorial duties for the limited series. Tyson's partners at his company Legends Only League, Sophie Watts and John Ryan Jr., will also be executive producers on the series.
There is no television or streaming deal for the series. Many expect a bidding war to secure the series.
"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," Tyson said.
The news comes down after Hulu announced last month that they were working on an eight-episode series titled ‘Iron Mike’ - and announcement which angered the retired former world champion.
Tyson took to social media and called on his fans to boycott the series.
"Hulu’s announcement to do an unauthorized miniseries of my life, 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 my life story,” Tyson stated.