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Oliver Stone Says His Jamie Foxx 'MLK' Project Is No Longer

by Sergio
January 18, 2014 10:46 AM
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Just a few days ago, Tambay reposted his earlier article (HERE) on the number of Martin Luther King film projects in various stages of development, stating that there are currently 5 of them.

Well make that now 4...

Oliver Stone publicly announced through Twitter yesterday that his MLK project with Jamie Foxx as King, which was a co-production between Warner Bros and Dreamworks, has been cancelled.

According to Stone, the producers weren’t exactly thrilled with Stone’s script which dealt with “issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a  higher more radical human being.

He further went on to say that “I’m told the estate & the ‘respectable’ black community that guard King’s reputation won't approve it. They suffocate the man & the truth, adding that "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.

No word yet if Foxx is still on board the project, or if the producers and the studios will try to find someone else to write and direct the project, or just shoot down the whole thing altogether.

Though, of course, not having read the script, I can see where Stone was coming from, wanting to make a film about the remarkable human being who was Martin Luther King, instead of a one dimensional, saint-like “living statue,” spouting off speeches, which is no doubt what the King family wants.

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  • The dude | January 19, 2014 5:07 PMReply

    I would be all for this but something smells funny to me. I recall Stone's 4 hour documentary about JFK with Kevin Costner and despite Kennedys character diversity; family background in bootlegging and Kennedys like for all of his women (including famous ones like Marilyn Monroe) I didn't see stone any attention to these facts in his portrayal of the fallen president. And because of that I gotta call bull$hit. Stone choice to put in details about adultery and internal conflicts are just that. HIS CHOICE. But I do recognize that he dosent have to do these things to tell a better/accurate story, because if that was the case JFK would have had more nude scenes than The Wolf on Wall Street. Shame on you Oliver Stone Shame on you!

  • Joey | January 19, 2014 11:46 AMReply

    Here about this - when a movie about a white "legend" depicting all his major flaws without making him look like a god of heaven then he can do the MLK with all those flaws as well...He had his shot at an honest political movie showing all the "TRUTH" with W and he made W look like a conflicted intelligent man...NOT HAPPENING...frack this guy - his last good movie was JFK - I mean really this man made Savages....He fell from grace and it has not been pretty...

  • Akim | January 19, 2014 10:59 AMReply

    Why are people so quick to believe that MLK was this heplesss womanizer? This has never been proven either way. Why tarnish his legacy with rumors?

  • V | January 19, 2014 2:55 PM

    MLK did have affairs and they were not just rumors. J. Edgar Hoover's FBI spied on King and sent the evidence to Mrs. King.

    Either way, I'm glad Oliver Stone isn't doing this movie. Not a loss.

  • Filmguy | January 19, 2014 12:21 AMReply

    If any of them were destroy the saintly image of MLK, whose name would the media invoke to quell racial tensions? Isn't King and his nonviolent approach much like Jesus, offering people an alternative to mayhem when emotions boil over?

    Perhaps Stone is masochistic and wants to see black people without a hero? Who then shall we cry out to, Malcolm X?

  • TONY | January 18, 2014 11:58 PMReply

    Spike Lee should make the film and make a masterpiece like Malcolm X. An unknown actor should play Dr. King and he sould come from the theatre. Some of the more risque details of Kings life are actually quite important to his story because J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI tried to use it to destroy him. A really great MLK film would not be easily forgotten.

  • JWILL | January 18, 2014 11:58 PMReply

    Of course, Dr. King had flaws just like everybody because he was human, but you don't
    tarnish the legacy of one of the greatest human being of all-time, just because you want to make some jacked-up hollywood movie, because who he was, what he did, and what he represents to generations of people is to important. Oliver Stone and anybody else that does not understand this needs to get a clue.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | January 18, 2014 10:35 PMReply

    Nobody needs another Hallmark-esque recapitulation of the myth, the legend. Give me a biopic that deals with King's humanity -- his flaws.

  • Akimbo | January 18, 2014 3:25 PMReply

    Anything to keep Jamie from playing the role is fine by me.

  • Turner | January 18, 2014 10:28 PM

    Cosign... He can't shake his ghetto

  • Gary C. | January 18, 2014 3:23 PMReply

    Maybe it was hubris due to his white skin but even Stone learned he is not allowed to mess with the fine packaged image of MLK that's continuously given to us.

  • @JayTeeDee | January 18, 2014 12:15 PMReply

    This is interesting. I would have liked to see a different side to the MLK story than what we've been getting but I can understand how the family and the "respectable Black community" wouldn't want to show the "other" side of MLK. That being said Oliver Stone may not have been the a good choice to tell that story.

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