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Spike Lee Shoots Stage Show 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth' for HBO

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by Anne Thompson
June 26, 2013 6:20 AM
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Spike Lee has been shooting docs as well as features for some time, so it's no surprise that the filmmaker should take his latest joint, the stage production "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," to HBO Films, where he made his acclaimed doc series "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" in 2006. Lee will shoot his and Tyson’s hit one-man Broadway stage show in July for debut on the network later in the year. 

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

Tyson collaborated with James Toback on the incendiary, honest and revealing doc "Tyson," that debuted in Cannes in 2008; the fighter memorably appeared in the Todd Phillips comedy "The Hangover" and danced onstage at the most recent Tony Awards. “I’m incredibly grateful to HBO for partnering with me and for believing in my story,” said Tyson. 

The stage production of “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” features “Iron Mike” recounting his life in his candid, raw, style. He opens up about his hardscrabble youth, landmark boxing career, crucial people in his life, controversies, stint in prison, psychotherapy and reinvention. The LAT Times described Tyson as “a riveting stage presence with compelling stories to tell,” while The New York’s Daily News added that the fighter “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.

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