Martin Scorsese Reportedly Directing Jamie Foxx in Mike Tyson Biopic
Martin Scorsese is a director with a lot of projects up in the air right now. Some of those (the Ramones biopic, for instance) are unconfirmed at the moment, but we can add yet another film to the prolific director’s growing to-do list. According to Jamie Foxx, Scorsese is attached to direct the Mike Tyson biopic, which would reunite him with his Wolf of Wall Street writer Terence Winter.
Last year, it was announced that Foxx had signed on to play the legendary boxing champ in a new biopic over at Paramount. Foxx stopped by Power 105's The Breakfast Club radio show this morning (via The Playlist), where he dropped a pretty impressive announcement:
I just went in with Paramount with Mike Tyson. So I’m going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, I’m on the other side doing Mike Tyson at the same time. And Martin Scorsese at the helm. This will be the first boxing movie that Martin Scorsese has done since Raging Bull.
While other recent reports have linked Scorsese to a couple of new projects, this is probably the most viable of the bunch. Scorsese previously worked with Terence Winter on The Wolf of Wall Street and Boardwalk Empire, on which Winter served as the creator and showrunner while Scorsese executive produced. This just makes sense.
But it’s not immediately clear when this project will happen — right now, Scorsese is in production on Silence, starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson and Adam Driver. Last year, Al Pacino revealed that Scorsese is still planning on directing the long-delayed The Irishman, which reunites the director with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and features Pacino in his first Scorsese film.
The director has also been reportedly linked to a Ramones biopic, and it was recently rumored that Scorsese met with Kenneth Branagh about adapting his immersive version of Macbeth for the big screen. There’s also the Frank Sinatra biopic — a long-gestating passion project for Scorsese.
Of all of these projects, the Tyson biopic seems like it could likely be next, and Foxx’s announcement is the closest to an official confirmation of Scorsese’s next move that we’ve gotten so far.