Oliver Stone Falls Out of Martin Luther King Jr. Movie

Dave McNary
VarietyJanuary 17, 2014

Three months after news emerged that he was in talks to come on board the project, Oliver Stone has announced via Twitter that he will not direct and write a biopic about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In October, Variety reported that DreamWorks and Warner Bros. were in early talks with Stone to direct and with Jamie Foxx to star in an untitled film that would follow the slain Civil Rights hero from his rise all the way to his assassination in 1968.

Kario Salem wrote the original script with Steven Spielberg, Suzanne De Passe, Madison Jones and Samuel Nappi producing.

Stone also Tweeted that his script included King’s infidelity, conflicts within the non-violent movement and King’s “spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being.”

Warner Bros. and DreamWorks were not immediately available for comment.

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