Greengrass Does MLK Death In “Memphis”

Despite all the fall out over the “Bourne” franchise and the failure of “Green Zone”, filmmaker Paul Greengrass has seemingly made up with Universal Pictures as the pair will re-team on the Martin Luther King assassination drama “Memphis” reports Deadline.

Set in the days leading up to Dr. King’s assassination in Tennessee in April 1968, this looks at the time late in the man’s life when his marriage was faltering, his outspokenness on the Vietnam War cost him his relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson, and his recent interests put him on the fringes of the rising Black Power movement.

Greengrass wrote Memphis based on his own original research. Scott Rudin is set to produce and shooting is slated to kick off in June. The project isn’t to be confused with several other MLK projects in the works including Lee Daniels’ stalled “Selma”, the DreamWorks project backed by King’s heirs, and an Oprah Winfrey-produced HBO mini-series.