Backyard Legend, a biopic based on the life of cage fighter Kimbo Slice is in development. Black Panther’s Winston Duke (who portrayed M’Baku) is set to star.
Deadline reports that “White Boy Rick scribe Andy Weiss is writing the screenplay about the Bahamian-born backyard brawler who rose from homelessness to mixed martial arts fame after his brutal backyard fights drew a huge YouTube audience” (Slice, real name Kevin Ferguson, died in 2016).
“I’m looking forward to exploring Kimbo’s story,” Duke said about the film, “and interrogating the expectations society places on men like him who are their own special breed of hero.” Producer Steve Lee Jones added, “It’s a rich and layered tale about this man’s incredible journey from a poor neighborhood in Miami to becoming a worldwide phenomenon. We are ecstatic that Winston has decided to take on this both physically and emotionally challenging role. We simply could not find a better Kimbo!” If Backyard Legend is successful, the sequel about Kimbo’s son, “Baby Slice,” is there for the taking.
Are you excited for a Kimbo Slice biopic?