The eight episode show is titled Iron Mike and is written and produced by the creators of I, Tonya, who include director Craig Gillespie, writer Steven Rogers, and producer Margot Robbie, and showrunner Karen Gist.
In a press release, the streamer said, “The series explores the wild, tragic and controversial life and career behind one of the most polarizing figures in sports culture – heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.”
The sports star responded to the announcement with an Instagram post calling for a boycott of the streaming service.
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He wrote: “This announcement about the social diversity of our country is a prime example of how Hulu’s corporate greed led to this deaf-mute cultural misappropriation of the Tyson life story. Confirming this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu’s concern for Dollars over respect for Black Story rights. “
He added, “Hollywood needs to be more sensitive to black experiences, especially after what happened in 2020. The real story, authorized by Mike Tyson, is under development and will be revealed in the days ahead. Announcing Hulu that it stole a story about black athletes during Black History Month couldn’t be more inappropriate or deaf. “
Tyson was world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990. He has been at the center of much controversy and his first wife, Robin Givens, accused him of physical abuse.
Tyson told Oprah Winfrey later on her show in 2009, “I’ve socked her before and she socked me before. It was exactly that kind of relationship. “
He was convicted in 1992 of rape of an 18-year-old woman – Desiree Washington, Miss Black Rhode Island – for whom he was imprisoned.
Tyson also made headlines for biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a boxing match in 1997, attacking two motorists in 1999, and in 2007 in possession of cocaine and driving under the influence.
Several screen films have been made about his life, and Jamie Foxx will also portray the boxer in an upcoming film.