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HBO, Spike Lee Begin Filming Mike Tyson Joint

By Jacob Klein on Jun 25, 2013 to HBO News

Mike-Tyson-HBO-Leephoto credit: shelbysdrummond cc

NEW YORK, June 25, 2013 – Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and legendary filmmaker Spike Lee will bring Tyson’s hit one-man stage show to TV in HBO Films’ MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.  The program will be filmed in New York in July and will debut on the network later this year.

“I’m incredibly grateful to HBO for partnering with me and for believing in my story,” said Tyson. “It is an honor and a privilege to be working with them to bring my one-man show, ‘Undisputed Truth,’ to life on the television screen.”

“It was my honor and pleasure to share with Mike Tyson our Broadway debut,” said Lee.

“Mike Tyson’s one-man show is a fascinating journey into his storied life and career, and we are thrilled to have Spike Lee bring it from the stage to the screen for our viewers,” said Lombardo.

Raw, honest, powerful and full of humor, the stage production of “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” features “Iron Mike” recounting his life’s highs and lows in his signature candid style.  He opens up about his troubled youth, landmark boxing career, key people in his life, controversies, time in prison, self-examination, family and new beginnings.

Tyson recently wrapped up a ten-week U.S. tour of “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” which debuted in Las Vegas in spring 2012 and ran on Broadway last summer, with Lee directing.

Reviewing the stage production, the Los Angeles Times called Tyson “a riveting stage presence with compelling stories to tell” and New York’s Daily News described his show as “entertaining” and “fascinating,” adding that he “is gifted with iron-clad charisma.”

MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH is executive produced by Spike Lee, Mike Tyson, Kiki Tyson, Jon Kilik and James Nederlander; directed by Spike Lee; written by Kiki Tyson.

We’ve been covering this one for some time now.  Can’t wait to see how it turns out!  Looks like it will premiere in 2013 as well so get ready for that sooner rather than later!

  • Andy balfour

    Mike Tyson ko’s stand up, and delivery is impeccable( I learned that from his speech coach) :-)!










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