Martin Luther King Jr.: DreamWorks Owns Your Life

May 19, 2009

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Will Smith, time to start putting on a little weight. DreamWorks has acquired the "life rights" of Martin Luther King Jr. and plan to make a biopic with Steven Spielberg serving as a producer. From Variety.

King, who was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis at the age of 39, copyrighted his speeches, books and famous works during his lifetime. The DreamWorks project marks the first film to be authorized by King's estate and gives the producers the right to utilize King's intellectual property -- including his famous "I Have a Dream" speech delivered during the 1963 March on Washington -- to create the definitive portrait of his life.

"We are all honored that the King Estate is giving us the opportunity to tell the story of these defining, historic events," Spielberg said. "It is our hope that the creative power of film and the impact of Dr. King's life can combine to present a story of undeniable power that we can all be proud of."

I told this news to someone and their reply was, "Tyler Perry?" First I laughed, but the more I think about it, the more I'm worrying. With his recent part in Star Trek--and seeing how everyone in that is so hot right now--could Tyler Perry end up somehow playing Martin Luther King Jr. That couldn't happen, could it? He'd be too insistent that the drama of King's life be interspersed with out-of-place drag comedy to ever get the role, right? Tell me that's the case.

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