Jamie Foxx, Oliver Stone Teaming for Martin Luther King Movie

October 11, 2013


Oliver Stone and Jamie Foxx might be getting back together, and respectively back with '60s assassinations and winning awards for doing a dramatic biopic. The Wrap reports that the Any Given Sunday team is in talks to finally get Warner Bros. and DreamWorks' long-developing Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic going with Foxx in the lead role. It's one of several MLK projects that's been struggling to get going--Paul Greengrass and producer Scott Rudin have spent years developing a shaky handheld approach to the civil rights leader, while Ava DuVernay recently took over a film previously developed by Lee Daniels and set to star David Oyelowo--but this take has distinguished itself for a couple reason. For one: with DreamWorks backing it, Steven Spielberg is slapping his name on this as a producer, bringing it that much closer to a greenlight. Also, this script from Kario Salem has the backing of the King family, and perhaps most importantly, DreamWorks has the rights to the famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Already that seems more respectable than hearing Oyelowo stir a crowd with, "So, I've been thinkin'..."

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