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.