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Jamie Foxx Says Martin Scorsese is Directing His Mike Tyson Biopic

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March 13, 2015
Source: Uproxx

Jamie Foxx / Mike Tyson

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.

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  • Hell yea!
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Very Nice! Thtas a lot of muscle Jamie's gonna have to pack on.
  • Mike Tyson has had a crazy life, would actually be pretty down for this.
  • Eggyweggs
    Thome theriouth thit right there!
  • Akirakorn
    Sorry Mr. Foxx. But I'm not sure you can top Micheal Jai White. Apologies to all, because I know Foxx is the better actor, but White was uncanny in that made-for-tv Tyson movie all those years ago. Sadly, MJW's career didn't take off as I hoped.
    • mooreworthy
      MMS has always been my famous, non-famous action/actor. He also has great comedic timing ala Black Dynamite.
  • Bo
    Sounds like Foxx is putting the horse before the cart here. Scorsese has a very full schedule and why would he want to do this picture? There is no further chatter or PR releases on this project so who knows if Foxx is just shooting off his mouth? Lots of films are talked about and put in development and never see the light of day. I have no interest in this, but I am not a fan of Foxx so there's that. I'll believe this when it happens and not until. Otherwise, it's just a lot of premature yammering.
    • WambaLover
      troll on!
      • Bo
        Quite an intelligent response. So, let's see...you are criticizing my right to voice a critical opinion, yet I'm the troll? Ummmm...well, better to be whatever the hell that is than coming from a place of 'parental finger-pointing'. It's cool, as I realize that comes from someone's childhood where they weren't allowed to voice their opinions and were criticized for doing so by their Mommy and Daddy and now they do the same to others. You might want to take a look at that and let it go and become your own person. Just sayin'. No hard feeling though as I've compassion for you I wish you the best of luck with your problem.
        • WambaLover
          God you're a moron
          • Bo
            No, not true and quite the contrary. I shall consider the source, but just one question. These rude, crude and infantile accusations and name calling you're engaging in...isn't that what a troll does? Think about it...if you can as you've not really added anything of an intelligent nature yet. Peace to you, buddy!
    • matthew south
      It's actually 'putting the cart before the horse'. 'putting the horse before the cart' would indicate that he was doing things right.
      • Bo
        lol...right you are! Thanks for pointing that out to me. Folks on these comment sections on the internet can be brutal over such things so I appreciate you just politely bringing that to my attention. Thanks again!
  • WambaLover
    HGH time
  • DAVIDPD
    Foxx is going to get freaking shredded for this role. I really think Scorsese would be a fascinatingly strange pick for this biopic.
  • goldenyearz .
    i see it as a raging bull meets the style of the 90's excess and personality that he did with wolf. down with it
  • ari smulders
    for me is mike tyson the best ever,he was a human wreckingball in the ring! It's great sorcese will direct this movie! thanks universe for answering my prayers!

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