Hulu Announces Mike Tyson Biopic Series Iron Mike, Tyson Punches Back
From the people who brought you I, Tonya comes another story about a misbehaving athlete.
Hulu is working with the team behind 2017's I, Tonya to examine the life of another infamous sports figure. This time, the team is taking on the baddest boxer to ever step into the ring, and the only one to get an iconic NES game, Mike Tyson, in Hulu's Iron Mike.
Iron Mike will be an eight-episode limited series that Hulu says will explore "the wild, tragic and controversial life and career behind one of the most polarizing figures in sports culture--heavyweight champion Mike Tyson."
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Tyson himself is not involved with the show and is, in fact, not happy about the announcement. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Tyson had no kind words for the production.
"Hulu's announcement to do an unauthorized miniseries of my life, although unfortunate, isn't surprising," Tyson said in an official statement. "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 my life story. To make this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu's concern for dollars over respect for Black story rights. Hollywood needs to be more sensitive to Black experiences especially after all that has transpired in 2020. My authorized story is in development and will be announced in coming days."
I, Tonya screenwriter Steven Rogers (not Captain America) created the series, and Karin Gist is showrunner and executive producer. Other executive producers include I Tonya's Margot Robbie and Craig Gillespie among others.
Hulu has not yet revealed a release window for Iron Mike.
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