There are two upcoming mini series covering the life of ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. The first is by Hulu, which will be an eight part series exploring key events in Tyson’s life. This series does not have the approval of Tyson himself (but is nonetheless going forward). He has said the following on social media:
“Hulu’s announcement to do an unauthorized mini-series of the Tyson story without compensation, although unfortunate, isn’t surprising. This announcement on the heels of social disparities in our country is a prime example of how Hulu’s corporate greed led to this tone-deaf cultural misappropriation of the Tyson life story.
To make this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu’s concern for dollars over respect for black story rights. Hollywood needs to be more sensitive to black experiences especially after all that has transpired in 2020.
The real Mike Tyson authorized story is in development and will be announced in the coming days. Hulu to announce stealing a black athletes story during Black History month couldn’t be more inappropriate or tone-deaf.”
Who knows if Tyson wrote that. But it wouldn’t be surprising since Mike is actually fairly articulate and insightful (his interviews with Larry King were great) and the man’s sharp-minded killer thug juxtaposition has been parodied in The Simpsons.
Anyway, two for the price of one. Good news for fans.