Boxer Mike Tyson Makes Book Deal With Blue Rider Press For Undisputed Truth
By Michael Gioia
Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson has made a deal with Blue Rider Press for North American rights to Undisputed Truth, which chronicles the ups and downs of his life and career as a champion boxer, according to Deadline.com.
The book, based on Tyson's one-man show that was seen on Broadway this summer, will be published in summer 2013. Blue Rider Press president and publisher David Rosenthal acquired the rights from David Vigliano and Anthony Mattero at Vigliano Associates.
Academy Award nominee Spike Lee ("Do the Right Thing," "Malcolm X") made his Broadway directorial debut with Undisputed Truth, which ran July 31-Aug. 12 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre.
The autobiographical work, presented on Broadway by producer James L. Nederlander, was written by the Brooklyn-born boxer's wife, Kiki Tyson, and Randy Johnson. Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth premiered at the MGM Grand's Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas under Johnson's direction last March.
"People have said the story mesmerizes," Tyson previously told Playbill.com. When asked if any aspect of his life was off limits, the former boxing champ said, "If anything comes across kind of fake, [you'll] see it right away. To avoid that, [I'm] putting everything on the table. But it's not all good stuff! It's going to be a rollercoaster of emotions."
Director Lee added, "Human beings want to hear stories. Whether it's a play, a documentary…a song, a musical, a novel or a movie, we love great stories, and we love great storytellers. And, with Mike Tyson on the stage, you are going to hear a great American story… Mike's a great storyteller."
The show presented "a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown... This riveting one-man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout."
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