HBO Steps Into the Ring with Mike Tyson Boxing Drama

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HBO has ordered a boxing drama pilot from Mike Tyson, Spike Lee and Entourage showrunner Doug Ellin, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Da Brick — which takes its title from Newark, N.J.'s nickname "Brick City" — will be loosely based on Tyson's early life in the ring, much like how Entourage is inspired by Mark Wahlberg's early Hollywood days. Lee is attached to direct, write and serve as showrunner, while Ellin will produce. Tyson and John Ridley wrote the pilot.

The show is Tyson's latest foray into television. His pigeon-racing series Taking on Tyson airs on Animal Planet and he made a cameo on Entourage last season.


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