HBO launching boxing drama pilot based on Mike Tysons life

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Published: September 1, 2011

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Source: hollywoodreporter.com

 

HBO is in the process of casting for a boxing drama pilot called ‘Da Brick’, which is will reflect aspects of Tyson’s upbringing.

 

Former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is attached as nonwriting executive producer.

 

Mike Tysons life is so eventfull, that no autobiography has been able to cover all events. An ongoing series could therefore work as there are a lot of events in Tysons life to base a show around.

 

The original article can be found in the extended section of this post (‘Read More’ below).

 

John Boyega will play the projects titular character

Fresh off its pilot pick up, HBO has cast the lead and three supporting players in its Spike Lee boxing drama Da Brick.

 

The premium network has cast Attack the Block star John Boyega to play the project’s titular character.

 

Boyega will play Donnie, who, after his release from juvenlie detention on his 18th birthday begins an exploration of what it means to be a man for himself and those around him.

 

Milauna Jemai (NCIS) will play Lynette, Donnie’s mother, with him he reconnects with following a 14-month separation.

 

Julito McCullum (The Wire) will play Kevin, Donnie’s best friend and the one person he can’t leave behind, no matter how much he may want to.

 

Kamahl Naiqui Palmer (Gossip Girl) is set as Malik, the moral center of Donnie’s tight group of friends who is looking for direction between his middle-class upbringing and the harder realities of his environment.

 

Da Brick is described as a contemporary exploration of what it means to be a young, black man in a supposedly post-racial America.

 

The project hails from Lee and L.A. Riots’ John Ridley.

 

Former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, Entourage creator Doug Ellin and his producing partner Jim Lefkowitz are attached as nonwriting executive producers, along with Tyson’s wife, Lakiha Tyson. Azim Spicer is attached as a nonwriting co-executive producer.

 

Lee is set to direct with Ridley on board to write and serve as showrunner.

 

It will be set in Newark, N.J., which is often dubbed “Brick City.”

 

Much as Entourage was inspired by producer Mark Wahlberg‘s life, Da Brick will reflect aspects of Tyson’s upbringing. It marks the latest in a string of Hollywood projects for Tyson, who has turned up in the Hangover franchise as well as Animal Planet’s Taking on Tyson. Last season, he added a cameo on Entourage to his resume.

 

 

HBO Gives Pilot Order to Spike Lee, Mike Tyson Boxing Drama

 

HBO is stepping into the the boxing ring with Mike Tyson, Spike Lee and Doug Ellin.

 

The premium cable network has ordered a pilot for Da Brick, a boxing drama project loosely based on former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson’s early life in the ring.

 

The project hails from Tyson, along with Lee, L.A. Riots’ John Ridley, Entourage creator Ellin and his producing partner Jim Lefkowitz. Lee is set to direct with Ridley on board to write and serve as showrunner. It will be set in Newark, N.J., which is often dubbed “Brick City.”

 

Much as Entourage was inspired by producer Mark Wahlberg‘s life, Da Brick will reflect aspects of Tyson’s upbringing. It marks the latest in a string of Hollywood projects for Tyson, who has turned up in the Hangover franchise as well as Animal Planet’s Taking on Tyson. Last season, he added a cameo on Entourage to his resume.

 

For his part, Ellin has a comedy vehicle with Ed Burns set up at HBO and will wrap up Entourage after eight seasons later this summer. Lee, too, is no stranger for the premium cable net, having produced and directed a series of New Orleans documentaries, When the Levees Broke and If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise.