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Oliver Stone Says His Jamie Foxx ‘MLK’ Project Is No Longer

Oliver Stone Says His Jamie Foxx 'MLK' Project Is No Longer

Just a few days ago, Tambay reposted his earlier article (HERE) on the number of Martin Luther King film projects in various stages of development, stating that there are currently 5 of them.

Well make that now 4…

Oliver
Stone
publicly announced through Twitter yesterday that his
MLK project with Jamie Foxx as King, which was a co-production between Warner Bros
and Dreamworks, has been cancelled.

According to Stone, the producers weren’t exactly
thrilled with Stone’s script which dealt with “issues of adultery, conflicts within the
movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a  higher more radical human being.

He further went on to say that “I’m told the estate & the
‘respectable’ black community that guard King’s reputation won’t approve it. They
suffocate the man & the truth,
 adding that “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.

No word yet if Foxx is still on board the project, or if the producers and the studios will try to find someone else to write and direct
the project, or just shoot down the whole thing altogether.

Though, of course, not having read the script, I can see
where Stone was coming from, wanting to make a film about the remarkable human
being who was Martin Luther King, instead of a one dimensional, saint-like “living
statue,” spouting off speeches, which is no doubt what the King family wants.

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Comments

The dude

I would be all for this but something smells funny to me. I recall Stone's 4 hour documentary about JFK with Kevin Costner and despite Kennedys character diversity; family background in bootlegging and Kennedys like for all of his women (including famous ones like Marilyn Monroe) I didn't see stone any attention to these facts in his portrayal of the fallen president. And because of that I gotta call bull$hit. Stone choice to put in details about adultery and internal conflicts are just that. HIS CHOICE. But I do recognize that he dosent have to do these things to tell a better/accurate story, because if that was the case JFK would have had more nude scenes than The Wolf on Wall Street. Shame on you Oliver Stone Shame on you!

Joey

Here about this – when a movie about a white "legend" depicting all his major flaws without making him look like a god of heaven then he can do the MLK with all those flaws as well…He had his shot at an honest political movie showing all the "TRUTH" with W and he made W look like a conflicted intelligent man…NOT HAPPENING…frack this guy – his last good movie was JFK – I mean really this man made Savages….He fell from grace and it has not been pretty…

Akim

Why are people so quick to believe that MLK was this heplesss womanizer? This has never been proven either way. Why tarnish his legacy with rumors?

Filmguy

If any of them were destroy the saintly image of MLK, whose name would the media invoke to quell racial tensions? Isn't King and his nonviolent approach much like Jesus, offering people an alternative to mayhem when emotions boil over?

Perhaps Stone is masochistic and wants to see black people without a hero? Who then shall we cry out to, Malcolm X?

TONY

Spike Lee should make the film and make a masterpiece like Malcolm X. An unknown actor should play Dr. King and he sould come from the theatre. Some of the more risque details of Kings life are actually quite important to his story because J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI tried to use it to destroy him. A really great MLK film would not be easily forgotten.

JWILL

Of course, Dr. King had flaws just like everybody because he was human, but you don't
tarnish the legacy of one of the greatest human being of all-time, just because you want to make some jacked-up hollywood movie, because who he was, what he did, and what he represents to generations of people is to important. Oliver Stone and anybody else that does not understand this needs to get a clue.

Adam Scott Thompson

Nobody needs another Hallmark-esque recapitulation of the myth, the legend. Give me a biopic that deals with King's humanity — his flaws.

Akimbo

Anything to keep Jamie from playing the role is fine by me.

Gary C.

Maybe it was hubris due to his white skin but even Stone learned he is not allowed to mess with the fine packaged image of MLK that's continuously given to us.

@JayTeeDee

This is interesting. I would have liked to see a different side to the MLK story than what we've been getting but I can understand how the family and the "respectable Black community" wouldn't want to show the "other" side of MLK. That being said Oliver Stone may not have been the a good choice to tell that story.

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