In development from DreamWorks for some time, a proposed biopic of Martin Luther King, Jr. appears to be gaining some serious traction today as TheWrap reports that Jamie Foxx is in talks to headline with Oliver Stone tentatively planning to direct. Fox and Stone previously teamed for Any Given Sunday in 1999.
The film, which features a screenplay by Kario Salem (The Score, Killing Zoe), will follow the life of King and will mark the first film to be authorized by King’s estate, giving 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 a definitive portrait of his life.
Foxx and Stone are no stranger to biopics. The former won an Academy Award for playing Ray Charles in Taylor Hackford’s Ray, while the latter won one for his 1989 film, Born on the Fourth of July. He’s also been nominated for the biopics JFK and Nixon.
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