Film director Oliver Stone announced that he will no longer be helming a highly anticipated biopic on the life of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. because he wasn’t allowed to show the iconic Civil Rights leader’s flaws.
Dreamworks announced last fall that they were bringing King’s life to the big screen. Jamie Foxx has been tapped to portray King and Steven Spielberg signed on to produce.
Apparently, even all that star power wasn’t enough for the family of the assassinated leader, who allegedly didn’t like the story that Stone was trying to tell.
Read Stone’s tweets below:
Sad news. My MLK project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won’t go with it.
The Dreamworks project, which initially had the support of the King family, is only one of the three attempts to bring King’s life to the big screen.
Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass is directing Memphis, which focuses on the end of King’s life before his 1968 assassination on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) is breathing life into Selma, starringDavid Oyelowo, who played Forest Whitaker’s son in Lee Daniel’s The Butler, as King.