Mike Tyson’s early training and life under Cus D’Amato will be the inspiration for a new HBO drama series entitled Da Brick.
The show was pitched to Entourage creator Doug Ellin by Mike Tyson himself, who guest-starred on an episode last year.
“That’s when Mike asked me, why don’t you do with my life what we did with Mark’s (Wahlberg’s) life,” Ellin told Deadline.com. “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.”
The young boxer’s story will be based out of present-day Newark, New Jersey. Spike Lee will direct the show’s pilot and share executive producer duties with Tyson’s wife Lakiha. John Ridley (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Three Kings, Barbershop: The Series) will handle writing duties.
At press time, no cast announcements have been made.