Mike Tyson, Spike Lee and HBO are teaming up to bring Tyson’s one-man stage show to TV in HBO Films’ Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
It will be filmed in New York in July and will debut on the network later this year.
Described as raw, honest, powerful and full of humor, the stage production of Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth features Iron Make recounting his life’s highs and lows in his signature candid style. He opens up about his troubled youth, landmark boxing career, key people in his life, controversies, time in prison, self-examination, family and new beginnings.
“I’m incredibly grateful to HBO for partnering with me and for believing in my story,” said Tyson. “It is an honor and a privilege to be working with them to bring my one-man show, ‘Undisputed Truth,’ to life on the television screen.”
Tyson recently wrapped up a ten-week U.S. tour of “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” which debuted in Las Vegas in spring 2012 and ran on Broadway last summer, with Lee directing.
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth is executive produced by Spike Lee, Mike Tyson, Kiki Tyson, Jon Kilik and James Nederlander; directed by Spike Lee; written by Kiki Tyson.
Well at least HBO, Spike and Mike are on “speaking terms” after the cable TV network passed on Da Brick last year – the proposed TV series that was based on Tyson’s youth, and was said to focus on the experiences of a young, black man living in “post-racial” America. John Boyega was to star, with Spike directing and executive producing. John Ridley penned the script.
The pilot was shot, and I’m hoping that HBO eventually releases it (maybe online) so that we can all see what exactly they passed on.
Spike and HBO do have a long relationship, with both of his Katrina documentaries making their TV premieres on the network. There’s also the Marion Barry biopic which Eddie Murphy is supposed to star in, with Spike directing, which HBO is backing. No word on where that stands.