Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer-songwriter, comedian, television presenter, and record producer. Jamie Foxx will play boxing great Mike Tyson in a new biographical limited series, Variety has learned.
Antoine Fuqua has signed on to direct Jamie Foxx as controversial boxing legend Mike Tyson.
Moreover, the project, which has long been in the works as a movie, is now being shopped as an authorized limited series instead.
The series, titled simply “Tyson,” is not currently set up at a network or streaming service, but will no doubt find one quickly given the names attached to it already. Antoine Fuqua is onboard to direct and executive produce via Fuqua Films, with Martin Scorsese also executive producing via Sikelia Productions.
The series is said to span the whole of Tyson’s life.
“I have been looking to tell my story for quite some time,” Tyson said. “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.”
Finding a buyer for this new project might prove tricky, however. While there’s doubtless audience interest in a biopic of Tyson, who is arguably the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time — especially with auspices like Foxx, Fuqua and Scorsese involved — given this is an authorized project, with Tyson collaborating with the creative team and on board as an executive producer, will almost certainly provoke public skepticism about its accuracy and its willingness to candidly tackle the more controversial aspects of the boxer’s life (namely, Tyson’s being being found guilty of raping an 18-year-old in 1992), as well as potential discomfort with the fact that Tyson will apparently profit from the enterprise.
Last year, Foxx showed his physical transformation to play the boxer, as well as his spot-on Tyson voice impression.