Legend and former heavyweight boxing champion “Iron” Mike Tyson is getting ready to battle it out with media giant Hulu claiming they stole his story and did not compensate him.
Hulu, describes “Mike,” as an 8-episode series that, “explores the tumultuous ups and downs of Tyson’s boxing career and personal life – from being a beloved global athlete to a pariah and back again.… ‘Mike’ is an unauthorized and no-holds-barred look at the life of Mike Tyson – and it is one wild ride.“
Executive producers Steven Rogers and Karin Gist addressed Tyson’s criticism at the Television Critics Association earlier this week. “We actually couldn’t talk to him because his life rights were already taken, so that was never on the table. I would hope that if he watches it that he would change his opinion,” Rogers told reporters on Thursday, according to Entertainment Tonight. “For me, as a writer, as a storyteller, I don’t really like to be reliant on just one source. I really like to do the research and get all these different opinions and then put a story around all of that. I don’t like to be beholden to just one person.” Gist stated: “That was our intention as well, to tell the story so that we’re talking about more than just the events in his life, but rather placing the story and giving it context in the world and at the time. We really wanted to make sure we were as broad as possible in the research and the dramatization of the events of his life and we could make sure we were opening the doors to other conversations to be had around those things as well.“
Mike Tyson said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight: “My life rights option expired years ago. Hulu nor any of their supercilious team ever tried to engage in any negotiations with this Black man. …
“They say this story is an exploration of a Black man. It’s more like an exploitation of a Black man. Hulu thinks their tracks are covered by hiring Black sacrificial lambs to play the part as front men for their backdoor robbery is appalling. I will always remember this blatant disregard of my dignity.“
Hulu has not been reached for further comments.