Hulu has greenlit an 8-episode scripted limited series, Iron Mike, Shadow and Act has learned. The series is from the team behind the Margot Robbie-starrer, I, Tonya,
The series “explores the wild, tragic and controversial life and career behind one of the most polarizing figures in sports culture – heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.’
The 20th Television-set project is created by I, Tonya writer Steven Rogers with Star and mixed-ish‘s Karin Gist as showrunner.
Gist will executive produce with Claire Brown under The Gist Of It. The I, Tonya team of Rogers, director Craig Gillespie, Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan, LuckyChap’s Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Brett Hedblom and Entertainment 360’s Darin Friedman.
The boxer was the subject of a 1995 film, Tyson, and he was played by Michael Jai White. Jamie Foxx is also set to play him in an upcoming biopic.
UPDATE: Tyson issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter about the project’s production:
“Hulu’s announcement to do an unauthorized miniseries of my life, although unfortunate, isn’t surprising. 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.”