Just days after we reported Martin Scorsese had thrown in the proverbial towel on his Frank Sinatra biopic, there’s news of his involvement in another portrait of a celebrity with a colourful life. Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. And the story has come from Jamie Foxx.
Of course, the ex-boxer is no stranger to the screen. His story’s already been told in the documentary Tyson, Spike Lee filmed his one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth and he’s made numerous movie and TV cameos. Back in 2014, Jamie Foxx announced he would be playing the main role in a Tyson biopic and that Scorsese and Terence Winter were tentatively on board to direct and write respectively. And then it all went quiet.
But now the project has reared its head again. In an interview this week, Foxx described the film as “a go” and confirmed that Scorsese was attached to it. It’s a mouth watering prospect. The combination of the director of the legendary Raging Bull and the writer who gave us the complexity of The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Jordan Belfort points to something dramatic, dark and potentially very classy.
In the meantime, Foxx, who’s no stranger to biopics himself after his Oscar winning turn in Ray, will be back on UK screens later this year in Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver and the thriller Sleepless.