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Oprah Winfrey Jumps On Board Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ As Producer

Oprah Winfrey Jumps On Board Ava DuVernay's 'Selma' As Producer

Will the Martin Luther King Jr project most likely to be made first, please stand up?

On the heels of Sergio’s post yesterday, announcing that the Oliver Stone/Jamie Foxx MLK project is apparently no more (thanks to concern that Stone’s film would tarnish the saintly public image of the Civil Rights leader), comes news, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, that Oprah Winfrey has come on board to act as a producer on Ava DuVernay’s MLK pic, Selma, which David Oyelowo is attached to star in.

DuVernay took over directing duties of the film from Lee Daniels, who had long been attached to helm, but faced a financing wall (among other hurdles), and moved on to other projects.
Winfrey joins the Pathe UK-backed project, which already boasts Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Christian Colson (who won an Oscar for producing Slumdog Millionaire) as producers. Talk about a trio of heavies behind the project; and let’s not forget Pathe as well.
The feature drama centers on the 1965 landmark voting rights campaign regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement. 
So it’s not specifically an MLK biopic, as other MLK projects in development, being followed by this blog, are.
It’s worth noting that Oprah previously had an HBO miniseries on MLK in the works, a few years ago. No word on whether that’s still something to look forward to, given her attachment to DuVernay’s Selma.
The other key MLK project we know of is Paul Greengrass’ Memphis, which we learned, most recently, that Forest Whitaker will star in.

Whether Oliver Stone’s project will be resuscitated remains to be seen. As he shared on Twitter, explaining why it’s been cancelled:

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.

In addition to Oyelowo, the cast of Daniels’ original Selma (before DuVernay took over) also included Lenny Kravitz (as civil rights activist Andrew Young), Cedric The Entertainer (as Ralph Abernathy), Hugh Jackman (as racist Selma sheriff Jim Clark), and Liam Neeson (as President Lyndon Baines Johnson). 
No word yet on whether any of them is still attached or even interested.

I should also note, in closing, that it was in 2012 when Lee Daniels, apparently unable to get Selma off the ground, announced that he was teaming with Hugh Jackman (who was also attached to Selma), to take on Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, in a new film that would reportedly explore an “unconventional view of King’s murder.

To be titled Orders To Kill, the film was to tell an alternative version of the MLK shooting, with Daniels directing of course, and Jackman starring. It would be based on William Pepper’s book of the same name, which had already been adapted to screenplay format, and was apparently ready to be shot, with Millennium Films producing and finance the film.

Last we checked, over a year ago, the project was being shopped around to distributors in Hollywood. But no word on whether it’s still alive. Likely not.

For years, films about the Civil Rights Leader and icon have stalled, with disapproval of content (specifically depictions of MLK in each script) by influential voices (Andrew Young and the King Estate notably) being a primary hurdle. 

It however looks like Selma is on its way to becoming a reality, finally, especially with Oprah joining the push.

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MARK TRAINA - NAAWP

NAACP is a ZIONIST ORGANIZATION that is OWNED, OPERATED and CONTROLED by ZIONIST JEWS, just like the ANTI-DEFACATION LEAGUE, the ANTI-AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION and the SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW SINNER!

SELMA is given 16-million “THUMBS DOWN” by the NAAWP!

SELMA is all about promoting “WHITE GUILT”

MARTIN LUTHER KING’s DREAM for AMERICAN RACIAL UNITY has turned in to an EFFING NIGHTMARE in CITIES and TOWNS like:

DENVER

DETROIT

ATLANTA

BIRMINGHAM

CLEVELAND

FLINT

PITTSBURG

PHILLY

MARK TRAINA

BOYCOTT "SELMA"

NAAWP – 2014

MARL TRAINA

In 2014, PROGRESSIVES have MILLIONS of BLACK FOLKS living in URBAN-$HYT-HOLES like DETROIT, ATLANTA, MEMPHIS, DENVER, CLEVELAND, BIRMINGHAM, NEW ORLEANS, BATON ROUGE, BOSTON, MEMPHIS, BROOKLYN, etc …

MARK TRAINA - NAAWP

If you want to FEEL LIKE SHYT and SUFFER from WHITE GUILT – Go to see "SELMA"

MLK accomplished nothing of any VALUE to AMERICAN CULTURE!

SELMA is about MLK’s DREAM for AMERICA, which has turned out to be a FU(KING NIGHTMARE for CLEVELAND, NEW YORK, DENVER, PITTSBURG, OAKLAND, WATTS, ST, LOUIS, MIAMI, MEMPHIS, NEW ORLEANS, BATON ROUGE, SHREVEPORT, MONROE, BIRMINGHAM, HUNTSVILLE, CHICAGO, PHILLY, JERSEY CITY, ATLANTIC CITY, LAS VEGAS, BALTIMORE, BROOKLYN, ATLANTA, FERGERSON, MIAMI, JACKSON, JACKSONVILLE, CHARLESTON, CHARLOTTE, MONTGUMERY, DOUGLASVILLE, FLINT, CINCINNATI, MINNEAPOLIS, WASHINGTON D.C., etc …

"WHITE FRIGHT is the PRECUSOR to WHITE FLIGHT!" (TRAINAISM)

"In 2014, WHITE PEOPLE don’t want to send their CHILDREN to SCHOOL with BLACK STUDENTS, nor do they even want to LIVE in the same CITY or TOWN with their BLACK COUNTERPARTS!" (TRAINAISM)

"In HINDSIGHT over the past 60-years, its turns out that GOVERNOR GEORGE WALLACE from the GREAT STATE of ALABAMA, was 100% CORRECT about the LONG-TERM EFFECTS that FORCED-INTERGRATION would have on the STATE of ALABAMA, as well as, every other STATE in AMERICA! AMERICA is more divided along RACIAL LINES in 2014, than at any other time in our NATION’s past" (TRAINAISM)

MARK TRAINA is a STAFF WRITER for the NAAWP

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of WHITE PEOPLE – 2014

RidLEE

How is Andrew Young a "hurdle?" First of all, Jamie Foxx and Oliver Stone have NO business trying to use Dr. King to advance their flailing careers. What is it they want to tell us about King? Obviously, the intent is to introduce some crude picture of him.
Can we please get some original scripts on the screen? These so-called "based on a true story" clunkers are not only inaccurate most of the time, but uninspirational and certainly not worth a $12 movie ticket. Black filmmakers and actors need to stop letting Hollywood use them everything they want to to do a "Black" movie. As we have seen, the only way a Black person is going to get an Oscar is by getting butt naked or playing a servant (The Help) or a slave. Prove me wrong if you can. The Best Man Holiday was a wonderful film and was not even considered Oscar material. People get mad at Tyler Perry, but at least he writes whatever the hell he feels like and puts something semi-fresh out there. He doesn't let Hollywood put him a box where he can only write "slave" stories or "Civil Rights" dramas. Where are the Black sci-fi films? Where are those breakthrough romances (Love Jones)? Hmm, silence.

Donella

I'm interested in seeing a DuVernay/Winfrey production.

I'm also interested in seeing a Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Harriet Jacobs production.

If only there were a Black female director and a Black female producer capable of telling the story of a Black female soul survivor…

Von braun

If Oprah wants to impress me, she'll get married and be a mom. Because maintaining a family is the hardest thing to do in this world. Until then, she's a rich lady throwing money at people to stay in the center of relevancy and attention.

Katie

Oh, so Oprah Winfrey decided to actually do something that actually benefits blacks? How long have people been asking her help create opprotunities for blacks? She'll sumble over herself to promote whites (esp when she had a larger platform on ABC), but only promotes us when her network was tanking. SMH All that damn money and last thing she produced for blacks was Precious (2009).

Thank God for crowdfunding sites. We don't have to wait on Hollywood negros.

Seymour Nutts

All that anyone seems to give a shyt about is depicting King like the black Don Draper, as if the very struggles that made his legend aren't enough. Nobody bitched over Spielberg's angelic treatment of Lincoln, who wasn't exactly born interested in emancipation.

Brando Calrissian

This story needs to be told… again?

New narratives for black actors and audiences can wait while we leverage white guilt for an Oscar.

It's not even that I don't want to see this movie made, but as a black moviegoer, I WANT VARIETY but instead I'll have to wait five years for another epic slave and/or butler movie (that I'll be told is a story that needs to be told by an elder in their early 50s on up) with the same ole Madea comedy and action hero standard we've come to expect since the 70s.

Thanks!

Julius Hollingsworth

Keep your eye on the prize.

Joseph Powell

It's really a shame that an honest depiction of the man's life, and not the legend as it stands, can't be considered, let alone produced and shown in the light of day. I feel that does more of a disservice to him than any attempt to show him as a human being, which is what he was. Too bad there's no way to circumvent the naysayers and nitpickers.

Alison Wonderland

Wasn't one of the hurdles that Lee Daniels encountered the King family's condemnation of the script (which includes Dr. King's alleged affair with a biracial woman)?

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