HBO has ordered a pilot for a drama from former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson and director Spike Lee, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s The Live Feed blog.
The boxing drama, "Da Brick," is loosely based on Tyson’s early career. The project comes from Tyson, Lee, "Entourage" creator Doug Ellin and his producing partner Jim Lefkowitz, and writer/producer John Ridley (“Third Watch,” “Wanda Sykes Show”).
Lee will direct with Ridley writing and serving as showrunner. The show will be set in Newark, N.J., which has the nickname "Brick City.”
The project will reflect Tyson’s early life in the way that Mark Wahlberg’s life served as the inspiration for "Entourage," the article says.