A long in-development Martin Luther King Jr biopic, which was presumed shelved, is now reportedly back on track.
American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) speaks at a press conference for Clergy & Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, held at the Belmont Plaza Hotel, New York City, January 12, 1968. He announced the Poor People's March On Washington at this event. (Photo by John Goodwin/Getty Images)
According to Deadline, Memphis, a movie largely focusing on the last days of MLK's life is being produced by Scott Rudin and will be directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum).
"The script depicts Dr. King's final days as he struggled to organize a protest march on behalf of striking black municipal sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was slain. That storyline is juxtaposed with an intense manhunt for King's assassin James Earl Ray, involving some of the federal authorities who, at Hoover's direction, had dogged King's every step with wiretaps and whispering campaigns before the civil rights leader's death," reports Deadline.
The film ran into trouble early on, when members of King's family and colleagues of the civil rights leader, such as Andrew Young, objected to elements of the screenplay.
Source: The Grio