Martin Luther King Jr. biographical film
DreamWorks is the studio that will bring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. to the big screen, and it's a long time desire of Steven Spielberg to produce the film, which does beg the question, will he direct?
Martin Luther King Jr. is most famed for that amazing speech “I Have a Dream”, but it's his lifetime work that had the biggest affect on America culture and society as did his assassination. In his lifetime he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end segregation and discrimination.
So far we know that Steven Spielberg will produce the film, but it hasn't been an easy ride, with all the speeches, and many of the books and more famous material copyrighted by the King estate, it has seemingly been a hard road to get the rights for the man's life. However they have, and Spielberg seems delighted.
“We are all honored that the King Estate is giving us the opportunity to tell the story of these defining, historic events...It is our hope that the creative power of film and the impact of Dr. King's life can combine to present a story of undeniable power that we can all be proud of.”
I wonder though if Spielberg would direct the film? I personally think he would do an amazing job, and you just have to look at some of the historical films he's directed to realise what he could do, but would the American public accept Spielberg directing this great figure's story? Will the Martin Luther King Jr. estate? We'll have to wait for the announcement.
I can see this fitting well with Spielberg though, especially with his Lincoln film in development, he could be tackling a number of great figures before he steps back from behind the camera.
Variety asks the question “why now?” for the project and gives a vague answer from one of King's own quotes. I would have thought that the answer was obvious. King was such an influential man campaigning for the freedoms and rights of black people across America, and today we see a black President in power, showing that this dream of equality for all could almost be said to be here.