Former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has led one of the most tumultuous and examined lives of any athlete in the last half-century, and now his story is set to become a full length Hollywood feature with an Oscar winner set to portray him on screen.
According to Variety, the untitled Tyson biopic will star Jamie Foxx in the lead role playing the fierce heavyweight boxer with the actor’s manager acting as producer on the film.
The script for the movie is set to the written by Terence Winter, who is best known for his work on television series such as ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire’ as well as the hit feature "The Wolf of Wall Street."
The project doesn’t have a studio or a name just yet, but with Foxx set to star in the title role it probably won’t be hard to find an interested party willing to fund the film.
There’s no word on what part of Tyson’s life the biography will focus on considering he’s been in the spotlight for the biggest part of the last 30 years. Tyson is best known for his meteoric rise to the top of the heavyweight division, viciously knocking out opponent after opponent and quickly becoming one of the most feared fighters in the history of boxing.
Tyson’s fall from grace happened just as rapidly after he lost his title to James ‘Buster’ Douglas in one of the biggest upsets in sports history, and was later convicted of rape before spending three years in an Indiana prison.
Following his release, Tyson returned to boxing, but never got back to the same level of performance he had before the conviction. He lost a pair of bouts to Evander Holyfield including the infamous biting incident in 1997 where Tyson took out a chunk of the champion’s ear before the fight was stopped in the third round.
Since then, Tyson has battled bankruptcy and ended his boxing career with a 1-3 record in his last four fights. The fighter made a comeback in more recent years with roles in films such as "The Hangover" as well as his one-man show "Undisputed Truth" that eventually made it to Broadway and a featured special on HBO.
Tyson also signed on recently to produce and star in a new cartoon series on the Cartoon network titled ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’, which features the former boxing champ as a crime solving superhero akin to "Scooby-Doo."
Stay tuned for more news on the upcoming Tyson biopic with Foxx as the project continues to develop.