Oliver Stone Departs Martin Luther King, Jr. Biopic
January 17, 2014
Although it looked back in October like Oliver Stone was set to write and direct a biopic of Martin Luther King, Jr. with Jamie Foxx in the lead, Stone himself took to Twitter today to reveal that the project is no longer moving forward with his involvement.
"Sad news," begins Stone's series of Tweets. "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."
There's no word yet on how the project may proceed in Stone's absence or if Foxx (who previously worked with Stone on Any Given Sunday) remains involved, but check back for details as they become available.