May 23, 2008 / 5:58 AM / 9 years ago

Sony enters ring for Mike Tyson documentary

<p>Former soccer star Diego Maradona (R) and former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson pose for a photograph after the screening of "Che" by U.S director Steven Soderbergh at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 21, 2008. REUTERS/Valery Hache/Pool</p>

CANNES (Hollywood Reporter) - In what would be one of the most high-profile deals at the Cannes Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics is in final negotiations to buy domestic rights to the boxing documentary “Tyson.”

James Toback’s passion project takes a mostly sympathetic look at the troubled life of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, interspersing archival footage with a series of interviews conducted by the filmmaker.

Toback put up funds for the film, and brought Tyson to Cannes to help promote the project. He said he was determined to leave Cannes with a deal, in order to showcase the film on the early fall festival circuit before a release timed around the November elections.

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