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In July, Hulu released a trailer for a biopic starring the former heavyweight boxing champion who sports favorite facial tattoos. Mike Tyson. Now, Tyson shared a few select words on Twitter about the project.
The series, called Miguel, is a story based on the life of Tyson. It comes courtesy of the same team that produced the hit movie. me, tony and will cover the life of the boxer from his youth to his journey as one of the most controversial and successful athletes of all time.
The biopic stars Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) as the star. On Saturday morning, Tyson himself shared his own version of the series. Apparently he is not happy about it.
“Hulu stole my story. They are Goliath and I am David. Heads will roll for this.”
This isn’t the first time Tyson has lashed out at the streamer for allegedly stealing his life story. In February of last year, Tyson also criticized Hulu for the upcoming show.
“Hulu’s announcement to make an unauthorized miniseries of Tyson’s story without compensation, while unfortunate, is not surprising,” Tyson posted on Instagram. “This ad on the heels of social disparities in our country is a prime example of how Hulu’s corporate greed led to this deaf cultural misappropriation of Tyson’s life story. Making this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu’s concern for the dollars over respecting the rights of black histories. Hollywood needs to be more sensitive to black experiences, especially after everything that’s happened in 2020. Mike Tyson’s true authorized story is in development and will be announced in the coming days. Hulu to announce the theft of a black athlete story during Black History month couldn’t be more inappropriate or tone deaf. #boycotthulu #corporategreed”
Hulu declined to respond, according to Variety. There is, of course, another biopic in the works that apparently has Tyson’s blessing. This was originally planned as a movie, but is now a limited series with Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) set to direct, Jamie Foxx in the title role and Martin Scorsese on board as executive producer.
At the time the biopic was announced, Tyson shared a statement with a decidedly more upbeat tone.
“I have been looking to tell my story for quite some time,” Tyson said in a statement. “With the recent launch of the Legends Only League and the excitement of the fans following my return to the ring, now feels like the perfect time. I look forward to collaborating with Martin, Antoine, Jamie and the entire creative team to bring audiences a series that not only captures my professional and personal journey, but also inspires and entertains.”
Miguel opens on August 25. Check out the trailer below.