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HBO Gets Into the Ring With Mike Tyson-Inspired Pilot 'Da Brick'

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 31st 2011 4:45PM
It's been a few years since Mike Tyson took the world of boxing by storm. In his retirement, Iron Mike is doing the same thing to the entertainment industry.

According to Variety, HBO has ordered a pilot called 'Da Brick,' based based on Tyson's rough and tumble early years when he was coming up as a young boxer. It will be directed by Spike Lee and co-produced by 'Entourage' creator Doug Ellin and Tyson. The script was written by 'Three Kings' writer John Ridley, and will be set in Newark, NJ.

Tyson has been on a TV roll in recent months. Comedy Central announced this week he will be a guest-roaster in the highly-anticipated skewering of Charlie Sheen. Tyson also appeared on an episode of the CBS life-swapping reality show 'Same Name.' All of those appearances, however, were dwarfed by his Animal Planet reality show 'Tyson on Tyson,' about pigeons.

The idea for 'Da Brick' was reportedly sparked when Tyson was on the 'Entourage' set filming a cameo for Season 7, and suggested to Ellin that he do the same thing with Tyson's life story that he did with Mark Wahlberg's on 'Entourage.'

"The initial idea was 'Entourage' meets 'The Wire'," Doug Ellin told Deadline in June. "An edgy story about an up-and-coming boxer and his crew that is much more dramatic than 'Entourage.'"

We're all for anything that keeps Tyson off the Italian 'Dancing With the Stars.'

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