Jamie Foxx Says Martin Scorsese is Directing His Mike Tyson Biopic
Last summer, we learned that Horrible Bosses and Ray star Jamie Foxx would be getting into the boxing ring to play iconic boxer Mike Tyson in a biopic that will be written by "Boardwalk Empire" creator and The Wolf of Wall Street scribe Terence Winter. Since then we haven't heard anything regarding the development of the project, but Foxx recently appeared on Power 105's radio program The Breakfast Club (via Uproxx) and he revealed that Martin Scorsese will be directing, marking a return to the sport after being behind the camera for the classic Raging Bull. And this Mike Tyson project just got really interesting.
Here's what Foxx told the morning radio show:
“I just went in with Paramount with Mike Tyson. So I’m going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, I’m on the other side and doing Mike Tyson at the same time. And Martin Scorsese at the helm. This will be the first boxing movie that Martin Scorsese has done since 'Raging Bull.'”
Perhaps why we haven't heard anything on development is because Foxx is waiting for Scorsese to be done with Silence, his long-gestating drama that will star Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield and gets released sometime next year. Foxx gives the gist of what this story about Tyson will be like as he says it's "the story of the guy who at 18 years old had $60 million in his pocket and everybody’s trying to get and now the grown guy who sits back and reflects on the whole thing, like, the money was the downfall.” Which is something that the documentary Champs touches on in its trailer. We're not sure when this movie might go in front of cameras, but it sounds like all the pieces are falling into place. Stay tuned.