By Dan Lawrence | Posted
Mike, the Hulu-produced biopic of the series chronicling the controversial highs and lows of Mike Tyson’s career and life as a heavyweight boxer is set to premiere on August 25. Given the extraordinary nature of Tyson’s life, the series will undoubtedly attract a lot of attention from those who want to know the real Mike Tyson. However, Deadline reports that the real Mike Tyson had some harsh words about the upcoming biopic.
Mike Tyson took to Instagram to express his fury over the new Hulu project. The former boxing champ claims that Hulu stole his life story and that he doesn’t endorse the show in any way, on top of that he compares Hulu to a “master slave”. Tyson is never one to mince words, but even for him the statement is incredibly damning. Tyson previously posted on Instagram how UFC President Dana White was offered money to contribute to Hulu’s Mike, but White reportedly refused out of loyalty to Tyson.
The Wrap reports that Mike Tyson was not consulted by Hulu because his lifetime rights had already been sold, meaning there was no legal obligation to Mike series creator Steven Rogers and his team to avoid talking to Tyson at all. The project’s showrunner, Karen Gist, spoke on Hulu’s Television Critics Tour panel earlier this week to also address Tyson’s lack of involvement, saying, “We just wanted to tell an unbiased story and let the audience decide. what he thinks or feels.”
Mike Tyson might be pissed that Hulu moved forward with it Mike – featuring Moonlight star Trevante Rhodes as Tyson – but there’s another biopic about his life in the works that he approves of. For some time, Jamie Foxx should direct a biopic on Mike Tyson. Instead of Mike, Foxx will star in a series of biopics titled Tysonwhich Variety learned last year would be directed and produced by training day director Antoine Fuqua. Martin Scorsese was also reportedly on board as executive producer. Tyson himself has been quoted as being in favor of the Foxx project, saying; “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.”
Production details on Jamie Foxx Tyson are rare beyond the names of the people involved and that the boxer himself approves of the project. A release date for the series is not known and it is unclear if a studio is attached to the project. However, Hulu Mike is fully ready and eager to go, with or without Mike Tyson’s consent. The fact that the man the biopic is based on came out a few weeks before the premiere in such violent disapproval of the show will likely help fuel the plot in this case for Mike. It’s well known that Mike Tyson has always been a divisive figure, capable of bizarre and sometimes violent outbursts, but also devastating victories inside the ring. Understanding such a man and why he’s the big sale that Hulu is hoping for and fans might just be drawn to the project just to see why Tyson is refuting so much.