Mike Tyson has the AFM in his sights and will attend a buyer screening of the documentary after The Works International picked up sales rights.
Bert Marcus directed Champs, which features interviews with Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins as they discuss their lifelong journeys, travails and successes.
Celebrity interviewers include Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Spike Lee and Mary J Blige.
Last week it emerged that Amplify and Starz Digital Media had acquired North American rights and plan a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release.
Attorney Larry Kopeikin negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers with The Works CEO Laurence Gornall. The parties said the deal closed during the recent Toronto International Film Festival.
“I am honoured to be a part of Champs,” said Tyson, who also serves as producer. “It was a great experience to work with my friend Bert Marcus and to have him help tell my story. This is a film that goes far beyond the sport of boxing; it shows the human side of the brutal sport, which makes these warriors’ experiences identifiable to many.”
”Champs is a brilliant documentary and an American epic,” said Gornall. “We are tremendously excited at the prospect of introducing Mike Tyson and Champs to international buyers at this forthcoming AFM”
“We were immediately drawn to the enthusiasm, breadth of knowledge, experience and passion of [The Works] and we are confident that their vision is cohesively aligned with our own,” added Marcus. “We look forward to what’s to come and are proud to have such an exceptional partner for the international sales of the film.”