From Iron Mike to Mainstream Mike?

The renaissance of Mike Tyson took another big step forward as the former world heavyweight champion's life in the ring is coming to premium cable television.

HBO has ordered a pilot for a boxing drama project somewhat based on Tyson's early years in the sweet science.

The Hollywood Reporter says Spike Lee has signed on to direct the show and Entourage creator Doug Ellin with his producing partner Jim Lefkowitz have agreed to have a role. Tyson has an executive producer credit on the new show.

"Da Brick," as it's being called will feature parts of Tyson's upbringing. In the past few years the former baddest man on the planet has had a series of Hollywood projects.

"The Hangover" movies had Iron Mike cameo appearances, while Entourage also dished out a small role. Don't forget Animal Planet's "Taking on Tyson," his reality show featuring competitive pigeon racing.

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