July 31, 2014 at 6:49 am #157033
Having already played the corner man to one of the greatest boxers of all-time, Jamie Foxx looks ready to get back in the ring to portray one of the most recognizable boxers and sports figures of this generation.
The package is still coming together and is currently without a studio, but once the final details are ironed out and it is presented to the market, it shouldn’t be hard to interest a distributor.
All I can say is…
Oscar Nomination Number 3.July 31, 2014 at 7:16 am #157035
I won’t lie – he has the look for sure. Beef him up a little bit, add that horrendous tattoo (if it is covering the years after he got it) and this may be something pretty good. Otherwise, it could be a total fail.July 31, 2014 at 7:19 am #157036
This could be great!July 31, 2014 at 7:45 pm #157037
I’m wondering how much they’ll focus on Tyson’s amazing boxing abilities, along with his personal life. What a power -boxer he was.
I suppose he’s done his “time” but I wonder how his (victims) feels. Who will they cast as Robin Givens? I saw her accuse Tyson of assaulting her with a hammer. I suppose he needed that hammer to make sure, since he was so disadvantaged and all next to his hefty beefed up wife.
Still, I would rather have seen Mike play Mike rather than Foxx, not that I think Foxx isnt up for the challenge.August 1, 2014 at 7:40 am #157038
@ Babypook: Kerry Washington would be a good choice or maybe Halle Berry? I am very curious who they would cast as Buster Douglas though. (If anyone doesn’t know who that is, look up Tyson vs Douglas…….one of the biggest surprise victories of all time in any sport)August 1, 2014 at 8:35 am #157039
Spot-on casting choice! Do what works, I guess. Jamie Foxx could do wonders with this role. He already has the voice down. Bulking up shouldn’t be that difficult for him either.August 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm #157040
Pure Oscar bait. He will do a phenomenal job.August 6, 2014 at 5:42 am #157041
Perfect casting! He could nail the voice and he looks like Mike Tyson. All he needs is the tattoo and he’s good to go.March 16, 2015 at 3:46 pm #157042
Martin Scorsese to direct Mike Tyson biopic, Jamie Foxx says
by Ariana Bacle • @iambacle
(LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Posted March 15 2015 — 10:55 AM EDT
Jamie Foxx is starring as Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic on the boxing legend—and the actor says Martin Scorsese is directing.
“This will be the first boxing movie that Martin Scorsese has done since Raging Bull,” Foxx said, referring to the 1980 biopic about boxer Jake LaMotta, in an interview with The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1.
Scorsese’s reps did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.March 16, 2015 at 3:50 pm #157043
^Supposedly it’s being written by ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire’ writer Terence Winter. This could be something great, something that might earn Jamie Foxx his third Oscar nomination after his dual nods in 2004.March 16, 2015 at 5:02 pm #157045
Maybe 2017 oscar would be a race between Dicaprio (the Crowded Room) and Foxx again after 2005 oscarMarch 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm #157046
Maybe 2017 oscar would be a race between Dicaprio (the Crowded Room) and Foxx again after 2005 oscar
Wouldn’t it be strange if DiCaprio won his first Oscar for a non-Scorsese movie over Foxx in a Scorsese-directed flick?
If Scorsese is in fact directing the Tyson biopic, I would put him in the frontrunner status to win Best Director. I think part of why he won for The Departed was because he was going back to making the type of film he was perhaps most beloved for: modern crime/gangster films, rather than these period pieces that screamed Oscar bait. A Scorsese-directed boxing biography will only remind voters that this was the same man who gave them Raging Bull, which is regarded as one of his (and one of the) best films of all time.
It’s almost as if by giving him the win for The Departed, the Academy was saying, “This is for when you should have won for GoodFellas,” and a win for the Tyson film would be like them saying “…and here’s the other one you should have won for Raging Bull.”
Despite his directing win for The Departed, Scorsese is still overdue. Ang Lee has 2 and Scorsese has 1? The fact that Marty has scored nominations for Hugo and The Wolf of Wall Street after his Oscar wins shows that the Academy still loves him and his statue wasn’t just a kiss goodbye, and like the timing for The Departed, AMPAS is waiting for the right moment to give him Oscar #2. And the Oscars do love boxing movies (On the Waterfront, Rocky, and Million Dollar Baby all won Best Picture & Director).March 16, 2015 at 8:15 pm #157047
It’s annoying to think of Foxx doing the voice in interviews and at every awards show starting with Critics Choice all the way up to the mandatory Grammy appearance before the Oscars. He’ll probably start fake punching everybody on every single stage. Ugh…
But he’s definitely the right kind of actor for this and this could be a sure thing for Foxx, Scorsese, Winter AND! Thelma Schoonmaker considering it’s a boxing movie and the things she could do with it….she could be the biggest lock out of these four people.
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