It may have taken two film festivals and the promise of a third, but writer-director James Toback (Bugsy) has finally sold his documentary about former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. The buyer: recently aggressive Sony Pictures Classics, which is also in negotiations to put Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna back on the big screen in their film Rudo y Cursi. (Both Tyson and Rudo y Cursi will screen next week at the Sundance Film Festival.) Also, SPC has brought NBA player Carmelo Anthony, who founded his own film production company, on board as exec producer.
SPC’s purchase now means that you may finally get a glimpse of Toback’s portrait of Tyson, a film that focuses on a more humbled man coming to grips with the tragic mistakes that led to the downfall of his career.