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

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 26, 2013 at 6:20AM

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, stage show "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.
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Mike Tyson and Spike Lee
Mike Tyson and Spike Lee

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.

This article is related to: Spike Lee, Mike Tyson, Documentary, Documentaries, HBO Films


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.