By: Norman Dotson Jr./BNC Digital
Jaime Foxx will play Mike Tyson in an upcoming limited series about the life of the heavyweight boxing legend.
Tyson, the series, is said to span the whole of Tyson’s life with Foxx as a producer alongside filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Antoine Fuqua.
“I have been looking to tell my story for quite some time,” Tyson said in an interview with Variety.
According to Variety, ‘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’ also that initially the project was meant to be a biopic but evolved into a series.
Following Hulu’s announcement last month that it’s producing a docuseries without the boxer’s involvement, Tyson released a statement on Instagram calling the service out as “greedy” for producing it without compensation.
“Hulu’s announcement to do an unauthorized mini-series of the Tyson story without compensation, although unfortunate, isn’t surprising,” Tyson posted.
The boxer goes on to add that Hulu is only interested in money since the announcement was made on the heels of all the social injustice and during Black History Month.
“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 the Tyson life story. To make this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu’s concern for dollars over respect for black story rights,” The post continued.
No release date has been announced on Tyson nor has there been any information on the series will land.