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Paul Greengrass heads to Memphis to tackle the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

01.13.2011by:

Now here's a project that has the potential for greatness.

According to a Vulture exclusive, writer/director Paul Greengrass (UNITED 93, BLOODY SUNDAY) is planning to make his next project MEMPHIS, a film that follows the events leading up to assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Greengrass has apparently written the screenplay based around his own original research, looking at King's life during the time he organized the sanitation workers of Memphis in the spring of 1968. This is just before his murder on April 4th of that year. Here's Vulture with more details:

"By the spring of 1968, King’s personal and professional lives were in disarray: His marriage was faltering; he was chain-smoking, boozing, and packing on the pounds. King’s outspokenness on the Vietnam War cost him his relationship with President Johnson, and his newfound interest in labor organization and the urban poor put him on the fringes of the rising Black Power movement."

While no official negotiations have yet begun on the project, producer Scott Rudin is evidently interested and in discussions with Greengrass to get the ball rolling over at Focus Features. Considering the filmmaker's success in the past for tackling politically- and socially-conscious material (i.e. his non-Matt Damon stuff) in an almost documentarian manner, the possibilities for MEMPHIS (particularly with all the conspiracy theories surrounding MLK's murder which Vulture points out) are rather great.
Extra Tidbit: Does this mean no CLEOPATRA?
Source: Vulture

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4:20PM on 01/13/2011
After reading Jesse Ventura's American Conspiracies, I did some of my own research on the internet. I hope this movie is blunt and honest about it, because his King's own family did in fact win a civil trial inwhich they claimed the government was involved in a conspiracy to assassinate MLK.
After reading Jesse Ventura's American Conspiracies, I did some of my own research on the internet. I hope this movie is blunt and honest about it, because his King's own family did in fact win a civil trial inwhich they claimed the government was involved in a conspiracy to assassinate MLK.
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3:00PM on 01/13/2011
I have a feeling someone or group will get pissed off for no reason
I have a feeling someone or group will get pissed off for no reason
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12:45PM on 01/13/2011
This is good. Docudramas are what Greengrass should do more of. I stil haven't seen "Bloody Sunday" but "United 93" was superb. I mean, I like the Bourne movies fine, but the first one is still the best, partly because you don't have to wonder what you're looking at.
This is good. Docudramas are what Greengrass should do more of. I stil haven't seen "Bloody Sunday" but "United 93" was superb. I mean, I like the Bourne movies fine, but the first one is still the best, partly because you don't have to wonder what you're looking at.
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10:53AM on 01/13/2011
Paul Greengrass certainly has his way with historical events (United 93 was astounding), so he's certainly up for it. As for MLK, Forrest Whitaker perhaps?
Paul Greengrass certainly has his way with historical events (United 93 was astounding), so he's certainly up for it. As for MLK, Forrest Whitaker perhaps?
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10:38AM on 01/13/2011
i can imagine my entire family going to see this together. which is rare because half of those retards only watch Tyler Perry's nonsense.
i can imagine my entire family going to see this together. which is rare because half of those retards only watch Tyler Perry's nonsense.
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11:44AM on 01/13/2011
Be sure to pick up a family-size bottle of dramamine beforehand.
Be sure to pick up a family-size bottle of dramamine beforehand.
10:31AM on 01/13/2011
I'm intrigued as to who will play MLK...
I'm intrigued as to who will play MLK...
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9:11AM on 01/13/2011
you know I always wondered when a MLK movie was gonna be made...I can't believe it took this long for someone to do it...For someone who is thought in every History class I have ever been in, I don't really know much about MLK's personal life...I'll definitely see this
you know I always wondered when a MLK movie was gonna be made...I can't believe it took this long for someone to do it...For someone who is thought in every History class I have ever been in, I don't really know much about MLK's personal life...I'll definitely see this
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9:10AM on 01/13/2011

We'll see

Greengrass will have to prove himself to me after his work on Bourne. I know many people think the second or third Bourne flicks are better than the first, but I've never been able to figure that out. The Bourne Identity is a great film that has a unique visual style thanks to Liman. Greengrass's attempt to copy this style was, to my mind, a failure. Liman's film was kinetic, the camera moves and editing made the film more exciting. Greengrass's were just a jumble of annoying shakycam shots
Greengrass will have to prove himself to me after his work on Bourne. I know many people think the second or third Bourne flicks are better than the first, but I've never been able to figure that out. The Bourne Identity is a great film that has a unique visual style thanks to Liman. Greengrass's attempt to copy this style was, to my mind, a failure. Liman's film was kinetic, the camera moves and editing made the film more exciting. Greengrass's were just a jumble of annoying shakycam shots that detracted from the experience. Hopefully he can reign that stuff in for his future work.
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8:20AM on 01/13/2011

Very Interesting

I'm all about this. Very curious to know who will play MLK...
I'm all about this. Very curious to know who will play MLK...
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