Oliver Stone drops out of MLK biopic

Oliver Stone drops out of MLK biopic

stoneWith Martin Luther King Jr. Day right around the corner, Oliver Stone announced Friday that he is no longer on board to write and direct a biopic about the Civil Rights leader.

Stone took to Twitter to explain that his rewrite of the script, which dealt with “issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation” was not well received by producers. It’s unclear how or if Stone’s leaving will affect Jamie Foxx, who was attached to star in the DreamWorks and Warner Bros production.

Oliver Stone tweets at TheOliverStone

-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.

-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.

 

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