Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to “I Am a Man,” a historical thriller novel that author Hampton Sides (“Ghost Soliders,” “Blood and Thunder”) is writing about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis and the manhunt for killer James Earl Ray reports Variety.
King came to Memphis to lead a protest of garbage workers and made the garbage strike part of his Poor People’s Campaign. After calling off a first march because of violence, he returned, despite a premonition he would be killed in Memphis. He was shot on a hotel balcony by Ray, who was caught two months later, just before fleeing to Rhodesia.
“Black Hawk Down” author Mark Bowden will write the script which will incorporate the local culture of Memphis prominently.