He’s been in negotiations to direct the untitled Martin Luther King Jr. biopic at Dreamworks for a few months now, the one set to star his “Any Given Sunday” star Jamie Foxx as the famed civil rights leader.
Today, Stone took to Twitter to confirm he’s no longer involved in the project due to creative differences with the producers. From the sounds of it Stone wanted to make a warts-and-all style biopic, whereas the producers want something which paints a more flattering picture. Here’s Stone’s tweets on the subject:
“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 with issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being
I’m told the estate and the ‘respectable’ black community that guard King’s reputation won’t approve it. They suffocate the man and 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.”
As Stone is off the project, it’s uncertain if Jamie Foxx is still attached to star. Steven Spielberg, Suzanne De Passe, Madison Jones and Samuel Nappi are producing.
Kario Salem penned the earlier drafts of the script after doing three years worth of research on MLK’s life. The project is the first to to be granted permission by King’s estate to use his copyrighted materials.