Given the fact that a Steven Spielberg-produced, Martin Luther King, Jr. family-approved Hollywood biopic about the American civil rights leader would likely be an adulatory, laudatory affair, it is with some surprise that we receive the news that none other than Oliver Stone is being considered for the director’s chair for an upcoming MLK biopic.
That’s right, Oliver Stone could be directed a biopic about slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s something of a surprise, as a Hollywood biopic of MLK seems like it would lean towards, in the words of /Film, “clean and easy rah-rah” filmmaking, for which Stone is not exactly known. And given the fact that MLK is reputed to have had a few skeletons in the closet of his personal life, Stone seems an especially unusual choice for a film that has MLK family approval.
And yet, Stone is somehow already in talks to direct the film, despite the fact that “reservations abound.” Further, actor Jamie Foxx (who Stone directed in Any Given Sunday) is apparently the front-runner to star as King.
The film, written by Ronald Harwood with a rewrite by Kario Salem, currently has no projected release date. More on this as it develops.
What do you think of the MLK biopic news?