Toronto: The Works Picks Up Boxing Doc 'Champs'
Mike Tyson co-produced Bert Marcus' documentary on the sweet science
Amplify and Starz have snatched up North American rights for the film, which features interviews with championship boxers Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins along with celebrity boxing fans including The Fighter star Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, Spike Lee and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
The film looks at the career highs and lows of Tyson, Holyfield and Hopkins: three rags-to-riches fighters who all rose to become world champions. It is billed as a no-holds-barred look into the brutal sport and business of boxing.
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The Works picked up sales rights to Champs at the Toronto International Film Festival and will present the doc to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market in Santa Monica in November. Tyson, who is a producer on Champs, will attend the AFM screening of the film to meet with potential buyers.
Amplify and Starz are planning a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release of Champs on in North America in 2015.