Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth Will Be Filmed for HBO
By Michael Gioia
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Mike Tyson's one-man show chronicling the ups and downs of his life and career as a champion heavyweight boxer that was seen on Broadway in summer 2012, will be recorded in July to debut on HBO Films in late 2013, according to Deadline.com.
HBO has bought television rights to the stage show that is helmed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee ("Do the Right Thing," "Malcolm X"), who made his Broadway directorial debut with Undisputed Truth.
The autobiographical work, presented by producer James L. Nederlander, was written by the Brooklyn-born boxer's wife, Kiki Tyson, and Randy Johnson. Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth premiered at the MGM Grand's Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas under Johnson's direction.
The work began Broadway previews July 31, 2012, and officially opened Aug. 2 for a run through Aug. 12 at the Longacre Theatre.
"I will just be telling [my] story," Tyson previously told Playbill.com. "People have said the story mesmerizes." When asked if any aspect of his life was off limits, the former boxing champ said, "If anything comes across kind of fake, [you'll] see it right away. To avoid that, [I'm] putting everything on the table. But it's not all good stuff! It's going to be a rollercoaster of emotions."
Director Lee added, "Human beings want to hear stories. Whether it's a play, a documentary…a song, a musical, a novel or a movie, we love great stories, and we love great storytellers. And, with Mike Tyson on the stage, you are going to hear a great American story… Mike's a great storyteller."
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth is executive-produced by Mike Tyson, Kiki Tyson and Adam Steck.
The evening promises "a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown... This riveting one-man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout."
The Broadway creative team included scenic designer Timothy R. Mackabee, lighting designer Natasha Katz, sound designer Raymond Schilke, projection designer Erik Pearson, assistant set designer Benson Knight, assistant sound designer Kristyn R. Smith, assistant projection designer Jackson Gallagher, production stage manager Gwendolyn M. Gilliam, technical supervisor Fred Gallo and dramaturg and voice coach de'Adre Aziza.
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