Mike Tyson is working on a TV series based on his own life, not as a boxer, but as a marijuana grower on his real-life weed farm. And it’s a scripted comedy — which he will star in.
A collaboration between Tyson and his business partner Rob Hickman, “Rolling With the Punches,” is currently shooting at Tyson Ranch office in El Segundo, California, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. The source says Tyson is describing the project as in the vein of Larry David’s HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
“It’s simple. I’m playing a retired boxer who is growing marijuana,” Tyson told Page Six “It’s basically me acting like me, so people can get a look at what my life could be like in different scenarios.”
Tyson and Hickman have produced a sizzle reel and partnered with Joe Roth’s production company on the project. However, they have yet to decide whether they will shop the scripted series to networks or take less traditional approach when launching it.
Per Page Six, Chuck Zito will portray his real-life role as Tyson’s bodyguard and Russell Peters will take on the part of the former boxer’s “useless best friend.”