|Boxer Mike Tyson is interviewed as he arrives at the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network launch cocktail reception for the Television Critics Association 2011 Winter press tour in Pasadena, California, January 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Prouser)
Former boxer Mike Tyson has teamed up with famed filmmaker Spike Lee and the creator of Entourage to produce a TV drama loosely based on the boxing legend's early life.
The former fighting champ, who has moved into show business in recent years with roles in The Hangover movie and its sequel, has created a new TV show called ‘Da Brick,’ which focuses on the experiences of a young, black boxer growing up in Newark, New Jersey.
Lee is onboard to direct the project, and Entourage creator Doug Ellin has revealed the idea came when Tyson filmed a 2010 cameo appearance in the comedy-drama series, which is based on the early experience of actor Mark Wahlberg.
Ellin tells Deadline.com, "That's when Mike asked me, why don't (you) do with my life what we did with Mark's life. The initial idea was Entourage meets The Wire, an edgy story about an up-and-coming boxer and his crew that is much more dramatic than Entourage."