Despite their civil rights flick “Selma” falling apart in development a few years ago, “Precious” director Lee Daniels and actor Hugh Jackman are trying again with similar subject matter.
The Los Angeles Times reports that they’ve turned their focus to “Orders to Kill”, a project that Millennium Films will produce and finance.
Currently being shopped around to distributors, the story is an unconventional exploration of the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination. Jackman will play William Pepper, a controversial attorney and activist who for decades has argued that convicted killer James Earl Ray didn’t shoot MLK.
The action will follow his one-man campaign over the years that other interests, including the U.S. government, were behind the 1968 Memphis killing because of King’s opposition to the Vietnam War.
Hanna Weg is adapting the script based on Pepper’s own book while Daniels will direct.
The news comes the same day that it was announced that “True Blood” star Nelsan Ellis has been cast as MLK in Daniels’ next immediate effort “The Butler”.