Mike Tyson Claims Hulu Stole His Story — 'I'm Not A N****r You Can Sell On The Auction Block'
The former heavyweight champ alleges he was not compensated for the unauthorized biopic.
August 06, 2022 at 8:58 pm
With director Craig Gillespie, producer Margot Robbie, and writer Steven Rogers at the helm (the team behind the film I, Tonya), Hulu is slated to debut Mike, a limited series that follows legendary boxing superstar Mike Tyson from his early childhood to his days in prison and so on. The series, which premieres on Aug. 25, stars Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) as Mike Tyson, Russell Hornsby as the eclectic boxing promotor Don King and Harvey Keitel as Cus D’Amato.
There has been much chatter about Hulu’s upcoming show and how it will portray the controversial heavyweight. Press releases have said that the series will cover everything from Tyson’s criminal history to his fall from grace and eventual comeback. One can surely expect them to cover Tyson’s domestic violence allegations and his bout with Holyfield.
In 2021, Mike Tyson was working on a biographical series of his own, titled Tyson, and tapped Jamie Foxx for the leading role. According to Variety, Antoine Fuqua and Martin Scorsese were set to direct the series.
“I have been looking to tell my story for quite some time,” Tyson told Variety last year. “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.”
However, it’s been quite some time, and it seems that production has been hit with a number of delays. These delays may have worked in Hulu’s favor, as it has decided to move forward with the release of its Mike biopic — a biopic that Tyson has long stood firm against, stating that the series was unauthorized and he was not being compensated for his story. He also called for a boycott of the streaming giant.