On the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day comes word that the latest attempt to turn his life story into a biopic has fallen through.
Director Oliver Stone took to his Twitter account yesterday to announce that he would no longer be working on the biopic of the famous civil rights leader. “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 script dealt w/ issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being”
According to the Stone, it would appear as if the project is dead in the water because the script dealt with some of the more controversial aspects of King’s life. “I’m told the estate & the ‘respectable’ black community that guard King’s reputation won’t approve it. They suffocate the man & the truth. I wish you could see the film I would’ve made. I fear if ‘they’ ever make it, it’ll be just another commemoration of the March on Washington. Martin, I grieve for you. You are still a great inspiration for your fellow Americans—but, thank God, not a saint.”
And while Oliver Stone’s project may be no more director Paul Greengrass recently told Deadline that his film is still in the pipeline, despite not being actively developed by Universal Pictures. “You’ll definitely see it, I’m just not quite ready to do it yet . . . The way I see it is, any time between now and four or five years’ time it will be time to make that movie. I also need to meet the actor who’ll play him.”