The film will narrate D’Amato’s career, first as a featherweight and lightweight amateur, then as a coach. While he never got a professional license, per Britannica, D’Amato was undeniably successful. He taught Tyson the “peekaboo” boxing style (continuously bobbing in the ring while keeping your hands close to your face) that made him practically untouchable.
D’Amato coached upstate New York in the Catskills, which is where the film will take place, according to Deadline. It’s set in the 1980s when D’Amato and his partner Camille Ewald trained kids, transforming them from brawlers to boxers. One of them: 13-year-old Mike Tyson (D’Amato later became his legal guardian).
There’s no word yet on the actor who will play Tyson, opposite Bruce Willis. But one thing’s for sure: The two actors will have to portray a truly unique bond, as D’Amato and Tyson became something of a family—with Tyson considering D’Amato a father figure.
“My manager, Cus D’Amato, said we should try our best to be humble in life,” Mike Tyson previously told Men’s Journal. “Because if you’re not humble in this world, this world will serve humbleness upon you. I would have been in a lot of trouble without Cus. He told me, ‘The reason why you did well as a fighter is because I got a hold of your mind early.’”