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'The Wire' Creator David Simon Will Write HBO's Oprah Winfrey-Produced Martin Luther King Jr. Miniseries

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act March 10, 2014 at 6:16PM

'The Wire' Creator David Simon Will Write HBO's Oprah Winfrey-Produced Martin Luther King Jr. Miniseries
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It's the second of two (2) Martin Luther King Jr projects that Oprah Winfrey is attached to produce - the other being Ava DuVernay's Selma, which David Oyelowo is attached to star in, with Paramount distributing.


First announced 4 years ago, this one is set up at HBO as a mini-series, and looks to finally be on the move.

David Simon
David Simon
With his New Orleans drama Treme now officially in the history books, The Wire creator David Simon is now attached to write HBO's Oprah Winfrey-produced Martin Luther King Jr. mini-series.

Simon has reportedly agreed to write at least the first part of the planned six-hour project, which is based on the acclaimed book trilogy by Taylor BranchAmerica in the King Years

The miniseries will cover the freedom rides, the civil rights march on Washington that he was organizing when he was murdered, as well as King's relationships with John F. and Robert Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Simon will reportedly work on the script with Treme co-creator Eric Overmyer.

No casting nor expected premiere dates have been announced yet. But this is the first news of any real progress on the project in years, so it might be another few years before there's any further progress.

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