Oliver Stone Departs Martin Luther King, Jr. Biopic Due to Creative Differences

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When last we reported on the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, writer-director Oliver Stone and star Jamie Foxx were in talks to join the production.  Now, it looks as if Stone has departed the picture on the grounds of creative differences between his take on the civil rights leader and that of the project’s producers.  Stone’s draft of the script would have dealt with some of the less glowing aspects of the activist’s life, including “issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being.”  Stone exited the project after producers told him that King’s estate wouldn’t go for it.  Hit the jump for more.

oliver-stone-martin-luther-king-jr-biopicNews of Stone’s departure comes courtesy of The Playlist, but the explanation comes via Stone himself:

Oliver Stone  @TheOliverStone

Sad news. My MLK project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won’t go with it.

The script dealt w/ issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being

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

Martin, I grieve for you. You are still a great inspiration for your fellow Americans—but, thank God, not a saint.

Stone isn’t alone in his difficulties with the King estate.  Paul Greengrass’ Memphis and Lee Daniels’ Selma each had their own issues over the years.  The next step in production rests squarely with co-producing studios DreamWorks and Warner Bros., who look to align a writer-director’s vision with the wishes of the estate.




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  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Bullshit
    He wanted to make MLK a liberal

    • NICK НΛRT

      fuck off dude

    • mixedkidmonkey

      yah mannn he wantd 2 make lutha a strait up g, dats knot rite man.lutha was a hero y talk bout him tappin dat ass….waist of tyme i dank. wat u dank?

    • Agent777

      He wanted to make MLK liberal with his penis… which he was.

    • cezar211091 .

      up yours,mixedtard

  • NICK НΛRT

    of course the estate isn’t going to go for it.. too bad could have been something interesting. or it could have been something horrible. i guess we’ll never know

    • RodHoffman

      Say what you will about Oliver Stone’s recent output, but Malcolm X is still perhaps the best biopic I’ve ever seen. His version certainly sounds more interesting than some whitewashed hero worship-fest where MLK is presented as a saint with absolutely no character flaws. Disappointed his version it will never see the light of day.

      • The Destroyer

        Spike Lee made Malcom X. Oliver Stone’s biopics are full of half-truths and conspiracy theories.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Get the fuck out here dumbass
        Spike lee made Malcolm X
        You whites want to claim everything blacks do !!!

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Get the fuck out here dumbass
        Spike lee made Malcolm X
        You whites want to claim everything blacks do !!!

      • mixedkidmonkey

        spike lee dat lil monkey dat yell at reggey miller???

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      • Guest

        eat shit,fuckface

      • cezar211091 .

        no one claims anything,retarded spoiled shit

      • cezar211091 .

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    • RodHoffman

      Say what you will about Oliver Stone’s recent output, but Malcolm X is still perhaps the best biopic I’ve ever seen. His version certainly sounds more interesting than some whitewashed hero worship-fest where MLK is presented as a saint with absolutely no character flaws. Disappointed his version it will never see the light of day.

  • The Destroyer

    Oliver Stone’s versions of history are very extremist, corrupt, and untrue. Good thing he is off of this project.

    • Agent777

      History is often extremist, corrupt, and based of lies or misinterpretation. There is not definitive version of any event, and Oliver Stone usually includes events grounded in something real, though his conclusions are his own, part of thinking independently is being able to see someone else view on something and pulling your truths out.

      But Stone grounds his history IN history, he doesn’t make B.S. changes like having William Wallace knock up the Queen of England in Braveheart, or everything that was in Gladiator.

      Stone’s work is flawed, but it’s humanly flawed, not hackish, and still worth seeing.

      • The Destroyer

        I study History in Grad School, I think I understand what it is. Oliver Stone is part of a modernist school of thought that makes up things or spins things in order to disrupt peoples views on history. None of his movies are grounded in anything real, he even makes up characters. Yes Braveheart and Gladiator messed a lot up, but the directors and writers admit that. Stone sincerely believes that his corrupted view is the right one and that everything is a conspiracy by “the man.” He also thinks everyone must also believe what he believes, and gets upset when they don’t.

      • Bo

        Great name you’ve chosen for your handle here. It looks like even though you studied history in ‘Grad School’ (give me a break!) you’re ability for rational and intelligent thinking has been destroyed by the right-wing propaganda machine and you’re become just another drone mimicing the party line. Stone comes from and was educated by the ruling, elitist class in this country. He went and fought in Viet Nam. He voices his opinions and perpectives from his experiences in the world. What are yours, Destroyer? Grad School. You sound like a coward and a punk and scared out of your wits by the truth so abide in the false world of pretense in order to survive. That’s alright. That’s what most frightened people do. Your fear reveals itself in the name you chose to go by indicating your low self esteem and need ‘to be seen as a destroyer’. It’s a bit pathetic, man and more than a little laughable. You poor sod!

      • cezar211091 .

        you’re overreacting

      • Bo

        lol…you’re probably right…thanks.

      • Action Movie Fanatix

        You seem to imply that somehow Oliver Stone’s “history” based on his perspectives, opinions and experiences is more credible than someone who actually studied history. Is this really what you are getting at?

      • Bo

        No, that is not what I’m getting at. Jeez! From my perspective I find Oliver Stone’s work intelligent and well thought out and presented and indeed credible. More credible than someone who studied history? Stone has studied history. Depends on where and how one studied history. If studied and taught history at our elitist Universities run by the powerful ruling class I would question that. Which Stone was and then did. He was at Yale, I believe. He comes from the rich ruling class of this country. Look, this is naive. History is fashioned by those in power in order for them to remain in power and in control of the masses. If one remains within this mass mentality there’s no discussion possible. Stone addresses this in all his work. The ignorant masses are frightened creatures who don’t want to be disturbed by the truth. As Camus said, ‘Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object. Stone isn’t the enemy. He offers an interesting perspective and I find if one is unwilling to consider his perspective and especially rejects it with anger and bashing and name calling to be ignorant fools who do not know that they do not know. Did that answer your question as to what I’m getting at? lol…

  • The Destroyer

    Oliver Stone’s versions of history are very extremist, corrupt, and untrue. Good thing he is off of this project.

  • cezar211091 .

    i doubt anyone can make a good MLK movie

  • cezar211091 .

    i doubt anyone can make a good MLK movie

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