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'Da Brick': Spike Lee, Mike Tyson, Doug Ellin's New HBO Show

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First Posted: 08/31/11 01:48 PM ET Updated: 10/31/11 06:12 AM ET

With his scene-stealing performance in both "The Hangover" films and a reality show about pigeons, Mike Tyson has found new life in the entertainment business. Now, he's making the leap from on-screen to major TV player.

Deadline reports that Tyson and Spike Lee are teaming up with "Entourage" creator and HBO show creator Doug Ellin for a new series set in Newark based on Tyson's early life growing up in the projects. It'll follow a young boxer as deals with the trials and tribulations of both his sport and his hometown; the pilot will be written by John Ridley, writer on "The Wanda Sykes Show," "Third Watch" and the "Barbershop" TV series, while Lee will direct.

Lee's next film project is a remake of the Korean thriller "Oldboy," which will star Josh Brolin.

For more, click over to Deadline.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that Mike Tyson's early childhood was spent in Newark, N.J. In fact, Tyson grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y.; the television show in development with Spike Lee will be set in Newark.
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