Scott Cooper To Helm MLK Tale “Hellhound”

Scott Cooper will direct and Black Label Media has come on board to produce and finance “Hellhound On His Trail,” a film adaptation of Hampton Sides’ 2010 bestseller about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement, the story chronicles not only the death of King but the subsequent FBI manhunt for his killer, the largest in history and one led by J. Edgar Hoover who had previously ordered the bureau to wiretap Dr. King.

Cooper (“Crazy Heart,” “Out of the Furnace,” “Black Mass”) and John Lesher will produce with production aiming to kick off in the Spring. Cooper’s next film, “Hostiles,” debuts in Toronto next month.

Source: Deadline