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Oliver Stone and Jamie Foxx may team up for Martin Luther King biopic

10.10.2013by:

When he's not criticizing the BREAKING BAD finale, Oliver Stone is trying to get another biopic going. This time it's one on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stone is in negotiations to direct a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic for Dreamworks and Warner Bros according to several sources close to TheWrap.com. Jamie Foxx is in talks to play the civil rights leader. Both parties previously worked together on 1999s ANY GIVEN SUNDAY.

Kario Salem (CHASING MAVERICKS) has worked on the project for Warner Bros. over a period of 3 years, and has spent that time doing research and interviews to build a stronger screenplay. In 2011, Dreamworks who had already acquired the rights to King's story along with the "I Have a Dream" speech, teamed up with Warners who seemed to have a good thing going.

There's a couple of MLK biopics that have been trying to get rolling. Paul Greengrass was developing MEMPHIS with producer Scott Rudin until the King family refused to back it because they weren't in favor of the depiction. Then there's SELMA that Lee Daniels spent years on which now is in the hands of director Ava DuVernay (MIDDLE OF NOWHERE) and has David Oyelowo set to star as King. That I'd like to see.

Will this be a return to form for Stone? Is Foxx a good fit? Let us know in the strike backs!

Source: The Wrap

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8:10PM on 10/10/2013

Just remember Oliver...

I will only be watching the last 15 minutes of this film. So you better make it a damn good 15 minutes or else the whole film is unrealistic.
I will only be watching the last 15 minutes of this film. So you better make it a damn good 15 minutes or else the whole film is unrealistic.
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10:54PM on 10/10/2013

I can see Jamie Foxx in the role, but

Oliver Stone is a serious minus in my book. As a director, the man's about as subtle as a moose in heat and I really hated WALL STREET: $HIT NEVER SLEEPS over whatever the hell it was called.
Oliver Stone is a serious minus in my book. As a director, the man's about as subtle as a moose in heat and I really hated WALL STREET: $HIT NEVER SLEEPS over whatever the hell it was called.
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9:42PM on 10/10/2013
From Django to Electro to Martin Luther King. Pretty diverse characters right there.
From Django to Electro to Martin Luther King. Pretty diverse characters right there.
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1:08AM on 10/11/2013

Jamie Foxx in...

a dramatized biopic where Martin Luther King Jr. is born a slave, leads the civil rights era, then gains the power to control electricity. that's the type of stuff that gets Oscars.
a dramatized biopic where Martin Luther King Jr. is born a slave, leads the civil rights era, then gains the power to control electricity. that's the type of stuff that gets Oscars.
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10:24PM on 10/10/2013
I believe that Foxx is a good enough actor to pull off just about any part, but there are other actors I'd rather see play King. When I read the headline the first person I thought of was David Oyelowo so it's interesting that Niki said he was already lined up to take on the role in another pic. I could also see Chiwetel Ejiofor doing it. They both look more the part than Foxx does. Whoever they cast, it is well passed time for a well-written, well-produced film about King.
I believe that Foxx is a good enough actor to pull off just about any part, but there are other actors I'd rather see play King. When I read the headline the first person I thought of was David Oyelowo so it's interesting that Niki said he was already lined up to take on the role in another pic. I could also see Chiwetel Ejiofor doing it. They both look more the part than Foxx does. Whoever they cast, it is well passed time for a well-written, well-produced film about King.
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7:06AM on 10/12/2013

Silly

Why ask a man his opinion, if having an opinion is high treason? Thats the game the media plays,
keep hypocrisy and vague, trivial, obscenity circling in a spiral and watch the minds of the feeble trail after it for advertising dollars.
Stone is the perfect man for the job, regardless of his television watching habits.
In fact, I think for a serious film maker, keeping the corporate pinky finger gang bang, that is tv, low on your list of priorities? That might be a good thing. Breaking Bad
Why ask a man his opinion, if having an opinion is high treason? Thats the game the media plays,
keep hypocrisy and vague, trivial, obscenity circling in a spiral and watch the minds of the feeble trail after it for advertising dollars.
Stone is the perfect man for the job, regardless of his television watching habits.
In fact, I think for a serious film maker, keeping the corporate pinky finger gang bang, that is tv, low on your list of priorities? That might be a good thing. Breaking Bad was very entertaining fluff. If the corporations had their way, thats what this movie would be too. But, there is a very serious lesson to be learned where MLK is concerned.

America watches too much tv. Is too intolerant of dissent. Thats why Oliver Stone is sorely needed.
someone who watches less tv, thinks differently than most people... well? That just the man for this particular job. Less we forget? Stone is critical of himself, just watch Natural Born Killers. The man is very aware of the sword he wields, he does not call it a spade.
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11:48AM on 10/11/2013

if anything

this lets me link y'all to a speech that isn't the "I have a dream speech." It's amazing and if you have 10 minutes you should give it a read. This is what real leaders look like, and what we're really missing in this country.

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this lets me link y'all to a speech that isn't the "I have a dream speech." It's amazing and if you have 10 minutes you should give it a read. This is what real leaders look like, and what we're really missing in this country.

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