This could work. This could really, really work. Jamie Foxx is now attached to play Mike Tyson in an as-yet Untitled Mike Tyson Movie. Equally good news? Terence Winter is writing the project. Even if you’re not familiar with Winter’s HBO work on The Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire, you’ve surely seen The Wolf of Wall Street by now. Even if this movie follows the standard, tired bio-pic formula can you imagine the panaché they could pull this off with? Winter wrote the hell out of Wolf of Wall Street. It’s true that Tyson is in some ways even more reprehensible than Jordan Belfort, but that doesn’t mean there’s not an interesting story there.
There isn’t a director yet, but I imagine it won’t be too hard to find one with this combo. Hopefully they don’t sanitize the less than savory aspects of Tyson’s life but, given the frankness of Tyson himself and his one-man show Undisputed Truth, I doubt they will. I’m not a fan of Tyson (it’s hard to pull for a convicted rapist) so I’d much rather see an honest character examination than a glorification. Hit the jump for more on the Untitled Mike Tyson Movie.
Per Variety “it’s unknown exactly which parts of Tyson’s life Winter will focus on, he has plenty of material to cover over the past 30 years.”
Where do you guys fall on all of this? It’s important (for me) to remember that Tyson, despite his funny Hangover persona, has done some truly atrocious things. I, for one, don’t think chronicling his life in a film is a necessarily bad thing if done properly. It’s an interesting tale, but not one without darkness. If this turns out to be (and with Winter involved I doubt it will) a blind celebration I’ll be kind of bummed about it.