Terence Winter, who created HBO's Boardwalk Empire and received an Oscar nomination for writing The Wolf of Wall Street, is writing the screenplay, with Mike Tyson's manager Rick Yorn producing and shepherding the project, which doesn't have a studio home at this time. However, once the full package is finalized, it shouldn't have any trouble finding a distributor.
After Mike Tyson became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in the mid-1980s, he became one of the most recognizable sports figures in the country, with a polarizing personality in and out of the ring. He lost his title in a shocking upset to James "Buster" Douglas in 1990, and was convicted of rape just a year later, spending six years in prison for the crime. His return to boxing after his prison stint was marred with controversy, including the infamous bout where he bit part of Evander Holyfield's ear off. The pugilist retired in 2005 with a record of 50 wins, 44 by knockout, 6 losses and 2 no contests.
In recent years, Mike Tyson has appeared in The Hangover and The Hangover Part II as himself, and debuted a one-man show on Broadway in Las Vegas, with the help of filmmaker Spike Lee. He also published his memoir entitled Undisputed Truth that made the New York Times Bestsellers List.
It isn't known what part of the boxer's life this film will cover, but it will be the first feature-length biopic centering on Mike Tyson's life. Michael Jai White starred as the fighter in HBO's 1995 TV movie Tyson, and James Toback directed the documentary Tyson in 2009.
Jamie Foxx is no stranger to boxing movies nor biopics, playing Muhammad Ali's corner man Dwight Bundini Brown in Michael Mann's 2001 Ali. He also won an Oscar for his leading performance as musician Ray Charles in Ray.