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Oliver Stone takes to Twitter to announce his departure from the Martin Luther King biopic

Jan. 17, 2014by: Niki Stephens
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Oliver Stones next was set to be a biopic focused on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. However, the director knew that he might face some issues with the estate of the late civil rights leader. The film would dig deep into the not-so-pretty picture of Kings life, and according to the latest tweets from Stone thats the reason he will no longer be pursing the film:

It would be interesting to see exactly what Stone had planned within the script that was a turn-off to the King estate. Stone is known for his controversial takes on his subjects, and MLK wont be one of those. The project housed over at Dreamworks still has Jamie Foxx attached as far as we know, so the studio will likely be on the hunt for a new director to work with the King family.

I havent heard about the other MLK biopic in the works that once belonged to Lee Daniels. It was handed over to Ava DuVernay with David Oyelowo being eyed as the lead but that production ran into the same issues with the King estate along with Paul Greengrass MEMPHIS.

I wonder if those close to King will find a script with a vision that matches their own.

Source: Twitter

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11:19AM on 01/19/2014
Most people's interest in MLK doesn't include his sex life or whether he was a perfect human being. Most people are interested in his social relevance, and thus the only thing relevant to his story that needs to be told to the public revolves around those issue.

conflict within the movement is interesting, but any inclusion of accusations of adultery just seem to serve no purpose other than to be sensationalistic. we see right through you, Oliver Stone.
Most people's interest in MLK doesn't include his sex life or whether he was a perfect human being. Most people are interested in his social relevance, and thus the only thing relevant to his story that needs to be told to the public revolves around those issue.

conflict within the movement is interesting, but any inclusion of accusations of adultery just seem to serve no purpose other than to be sensationalistic. we see right through you, Oliver Stone.
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1:04PM on 01/18/2014
Well, I guess it's back to licking the asses of socialist dictators for Oliver Stone.
Well, I guess it's back to licking the asses of socialist dictators for Oliver Stone.
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1:18AM on 01/18/2014
Shame about this. Sure, Oliver Stone can be a little heavy-handed, and whatever he would make wouldn't be the cross-over celebratory hit that some people would want to see, but the man knows how to make a movie about a political figure. It will be a long time yet before King gets an honest portrayal on the big screen, and that's really just too bad. Every one of these projects that comes along I have hope for. And every time it looks like something's gonna happen, the estate sets up a
Shame about this. Sure, Oliver Stone can be a little heavy-handed, and whatever he would make wouldn't be the cross-over celebratory hit that some people would want to see, but the man knows how to make a movie about a political figure. It will be a long time yet before King gets an honest portrayal on the big screen, and that's really just too bad. Every one of these projects that comes along I have hope for. And every time it looks like something's gonna happen, the estate sets up a roadblock. Heroes need to be seen as people, it's what makes us believe in them.
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11:06PM on 01/17/2014

I guess I'm the only one who's happy about this?

Oliver Stone is overrated, IMO. He's about as subtle as a kick in the teeth and he's so much about his message that he forgets to make a good movie. ALEXANDER was crap, and don't get me started on WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS. And did anyone think SAVAGES was a good movie?

Having him off the MLK biopic is a blow for good taste, IMO.
Oliver Stone is overrated, IMO. He's about as subtle as a kick in the teeth and he's so much about his message that he forgets to make a good movie. ALEXANDER was crap, and don't get me started on WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS. And did anyone think SAVAGES was a good movie?

Having him off the MLK biopic is a blow for good taste, IMO.
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12:17AM on 01/18/2014
I thought Savages was a really good film. I had a blast watching it.
I thought Savages was a really good film. I had a blast watching it.
7:59PM on 01/17/2014
Of course the King family wouldn't go along with a true telling of his life. Have to keep pretending he was a saint. Heaven forbid the world see a bit more of the truth. Then again this is a family who refuses to let one of the most important speeches ever made available to the public without a royalty. Terrible family.
Of course the King family wouldn't go along with a true telling of his life. Have to keep pretending he was a saint. Heaven forbid the world see a bit more of the truth. Then again this is a family who refuses to let one of the most important speeches ever made available to the public without a royalty. Terrible family.
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7:35PM on 01/17/2014
Interesting that he drops the project days before Martin Luther King day.
Interesting that he drops the project days before Martin Luther King day.
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7:35PM on 01/17/2014
Well one thing's for sure and I say this before anyone else says it...

... they'd better get Idris Elba for the part!

Well one thing's for sure and I say this before anyone else says it...

... they'd better get Idris Elba for the part!

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